ALF what’s cookin’

Academic content on learning and teaching. Here we look at interesting related work on learning and teaching within art, design, media and architecture.

Ever wondered who are the art, design, media, architecture pedagogues of our time. Who is in your top 5?

Check out useful reading lists on learning and teaching, albers, dewey, vygotsky, albers, interesting education stuff for staff and students. Also find useful links to HEA, organizations, exhibitions, conferences on the subject of learning and teaching for you.

A starter for 10

Useful reference points for L&T study. Please let Michael and I know of any literature you have found that have been key texts for your own pedagogic work. Hope we can build up a library of references for you and approaches to learning and teaching and research. We hope it encourages debate and discussion and support of your pedagogic research.

We are interested in the nature of research in art, design, media, architecture and education approaches that may be phenomenographic v phenomenological, hermeneutic, interpretive, etc……we will be hosting workshops—just to help us to be able to pronounce correctly some of these words…

A starter for 10…



Research in art and design education/Issues and exemplars

Edited by Richard Hickman

A range of case studies within art and design education.


Action research methodologies

‘All you need to know about Action Research’ by Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead

Useful and accessible book in this area. Well, I found it useful.



Merlau Ponty, The primacy of perception….interesting chapters on his reflections on art, philosophy particularly the ‘Eye and Mind’ chapter.


The nexus of research and teaching

Mick Healey and Alan Jenkins very comprehensive materials on the subject of research informed learning and teaching.


Embedding research and learning and teaching 

Brew’s/Sachs work gives some useful contexts in embedding research into learning and teaching.

Brew, A. & Sachs, J. (Eds.) (2007). Transforming a University: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Practice. Sydney, NSW: Sydney University Press.

Brew, A. (2006). Research and Teaching: Beyond the divide. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


On collaboration

Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of Practice. Cambridge University Press

Reading lists

Looking for some reading material on your subject. Here we will highlight useful books/references/literature on the subject of learning and teaching.


I thought it would be useful here to highlight a number of ‘overarching’ useful associations for areas that relate to our school. Please let me know of further additions that relate specifically to your subject so that we can include for you. Be good to include ‘independent’ collectives and other groups too in addition to the main associations, so please get in touch with those.


Across whole sector:

Cumulus  (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

CHEAD (The Council for Higher Education in Art and Design) 


Group for Learning in Art and Design

NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design)

Design related:

Ico-International Council of Design (formely icograda)

Design Council

Crafts Council






Art related:

Elia The European League of Institutes of the Arts





Journals & References

A number of staff have been asked about journals for pedagogy within art, design, media and architecture.

I have only covered a range here but conscious that will not have included many. Particularly architecture and media, theatre, please can you include your relevant journals…m.thanks.

Main publishers are intellect,  bloomsbury (Berg), and sage

Here are a few I would recommend looking at:

  • Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education (Intellect)
  • Journal of Communication Design, Interdisciplinary and Graphic Design Research (Bloomsbury)
  • Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (Sage)
  • Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice (Bloomsbury)
  • Journal of Illustration (btw….Desdemona in the art school is principal editor of this) (Intellect)
  • Fashion Theory: The journal of dress, body and culture (Bloomsbury)
  • The Design Journal: An International Journal for All Aspects of Design (Bloomsbury)
  • Design and Culture, Journal of Design Studies (Bloomsbury)
  • Visual Inquiry Learning and Teaching art (Intellect)
  • International Journal and Art and Design Education (NSEAD)
  • Journal of Contemporary Painting (Intellect)
  • Journal of Modern Craft (Bloomsbury)


Top Pedagogues

Who has influenced your pedagogy and your thinking in learning and teaching?

A question to the self.

Who are the top pedagogues of our time? Difficult question.

Joe’s very random thought list, I have indicated the area of pedagogy people are known for and those that I have contextualised in own learning and teaching practice.

Charles and Ray Eames

Paul Rand

Brian Eno

Anni and Josef albers

Miles Davis

Bruce Mau

Ryuichi Sakamoto

David Bryne

David Hockney

this is difficult….

my old art teachers at school…

Josef Muller Brockmann…no he wasn’t my old art teacher

Kenya Hara

Laszlo Moholoy-Nagy

El Lissitzky

Tadao Ando

Black Mountain College

Richard Hamilton

I guess if we were to get all pedagogic I should be saying people like…

John Dewey (Art as Experience)

Andrea Schleicer (views on 21st century learning)

Wenger (communities of practice and collaboration)

Angela Brew (embedding learning and teaching with research)

Donald Schon (reflective practitioner)

Diana Laurillard (views on models of learning and teaching)

David Boud (autonomous learner)

Robert Sternberg (views on creativity)

Graham Gibbs (on how to teach)

Boud and Miller (animated learning)

Kolb (experiential learning)

Neil Fleming (learning styles)

…I need to give this all more thought!






GLAD conference 27.02.15

Great to see Kirsteen Aubrey, Sharon Blakey and Jane McFadyen delivering papers on our pedagogic work in the school at the recent GLAD conference in Sheffield. The theme of the conference was looking over a period of 25 years of GLAD’s existence and how the notion of the art and design academy has changed.

Michael Gorman is on the GLAD executive, so please talk to Michael about future conferences via GLAD.