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Title: Intercultural competency in English art and design education
Author: Samuel, Joan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 1897
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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The enquiry brings a generalist perspective to bear on the culture of art and design education. The disciplinary location is Intercultural Studies and the high modernist, constructivist framework justifies a critique of positivist approaches to research in the cultural field. Selected literary and visual texts are regarded as primary research data and are analysed from competing epistemological positions. The problem addressed IS an apparent neglect of the intercultural dimension of art education in England, and the need for greater attention to, and competency in, this area. English visual culture is featured, exemplified in National Trust properties and other English locations, including some associated with diasporic African Caribbean, South Asian and Jewish communities. Although the National Curriculum requires British citizenship to be addressed, exceptionally for the United Kingdom as a whole, local, English identity is largely ignored. The lack ofthis element of reflexivity is central to the problem. Three, theoretically conflicting, persistent, historiographic narratives explore intercultural competency in English art and art education - and they are each critically examined. Taken together, they demonstrate how extensive and com plex intercultural matters have become at the turn of the twen tieth century. They are supported by investigations of GCSE Art, and other examples of art educational practice identify interstitial dilemmas. It is concluded that art teachers need to become interculturally competent in the contemporary, globalised environment - and that this could be assisted through formal assessment. Proposed benchmarks include: multidimensional contextualisation of art "here and now, then and there"; theoretical rigour in engaging with contrasting narratives and ensuing difficulties; recognising the significance of Englishness within British identity and its integration into intercultural discourse. Proposals are made for change in the higher education of art teachers. The thesis claims to be original: in considering intercultural competency as a subject for assessment, in focusing on English identity, and in its even- handed respect for "traditionalist", "reforming" and "postmodernist" narratives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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