Pedagogies for the 'dis‐engaged': diverse experiences of the young people’s Arts Award programme

Howard, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-5721, 2020. Pedagogies for the 'dis‐engaged': diverse experiences of the young people’s Arts Award programme. International Journal of Art and Design Education. ISSN 1476-8062

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Art education is often praised for its engaging programmes and inclusive pedagogies, with many initiatives created with the intention of widening access for those who are deemed to be lacking. This article investigates one such programme – the young people’s Arts Award, which is a nationally recognised qualification for young people aged 11–25. I call upon a range of pedagogies in order to critique the Arts Award within the context of informal and alternative education settings in the United Kingdom. Drawing on a 12‐month ethnographic study, the research was conducted across five diverse programmes which included youth work projects and alternative provision. I present two cases – ‘learning to be an artist’ and ‘learning to behave’ – which demonstrate a hierarchy of pedagogy in the application of this programme across these particular contexts. Artists’ Signature Pedagogies are used as an analytical framework to explore the affordances of working with artists through the programme. Further, I engage with the Pedagogy of Poverty to demonstrate that young people who were classified as ‘dis‐engaged’ were more likely to receive lower quality programmes, low‐level work and over‐regulated teaching. I argue that despite changes to the ways that young people access art education, there continues to be unequal opportunities. This finding is significant for not only creative practitioners and youth arts workers, but also arts education policy makers and programmers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Art and Design Education
Creators: Howard, F.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 16 July 2020
ISSN: 1476-8062
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. International Journal of Art & Design Education published by National Society for Education in Art and Design and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 17 Jul 2020 13:49
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:18

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