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Title: An investigation into students' understanding of sketchbook annotation in art and design
Author: Griffin, Kelvin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2704 1267
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis is based on the observation that annotation in Art and Design Education has received little attention as a device for developing student understanding. As an Art and Design teacher I have, therefore, taken what I see as the predominance of 'labelling' practice further, exploring the potential of annotation by looking at the responses of five students to a number of questions designed to identify levels of understanding. This research has highlighted a number of issues concerning why and how annotation is used in sketchbooks, and what value these students attach to it. A desire to develop the effectiveness of annotation is the driving force behind this investigation. I have minded to understand the perceptions of those who teach, as well as the perceptions of those who are taught. By analysing both perspectives, different needs are addressed as part of an in depth examination of the data collected. I argue that annotating is the counterpart to sketching. By definition, both these activities are 'short-lived', and 'rapid', implying a longer time spent thinking, thinking that is not usually immediately available for consideration. Analysing particular language is crucial. I also argue that the process of condensing thought creates inferential gaps for us to consider. Furthermore, what happens during the time taken to annotate at different speeds is important to establish, in order to understand the reasons for its production. A developing theory emerges to suggest that further consideration of these aspects would enable students' concerns to be identified more clearly. This investigation sets out to articulate the understandings of students for the purpose of establishing meanings. This is achieved by considering two parallel lines of enquiry, relating time and intention. This triangulates thoughts about what motivates students to shorten written information to support their visual communications. Three main outcomes emerge. They relate to the language used by students, inferences inherent within their notes, and the pace of their annotation to indicate further significance. These outcomes make significant contributions to current awareness of the value of sketchbook annotation, and recommendations are made, about how to access this understanding, with a view to implementation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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