Freehand drawing – a learning and teaching perspective

Harrison, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-7869-671X and Monahan, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7096-3919, 2023. Freehand drawing – a learning and teaching perspective. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 16 (1), pp. 144-166. ISSN 2044-0081

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Freehand drawings are used frequently for ‘visual’ disciplines and have a range of benefits. Typically, for the social sciences, their utility is framed exclusively for enhancing active learning, but not necessarily as a teaching aid. Emphasising learning and teaching as a dialectical process between student and lecturer, a small-scale qualitative study explored the potential of a freehand drawing to help teach a complex primary text and assist students’ subsequent understanding. Students were taught the text in two ways – (1) verbal explanation accompanied by two static diagrams and (2) verbal explanation accompanied by a freehand drawing. Students discussed their experiences in a focus group. Despite mixed learning preferences, with interesting qualifications, students found the dynamic nature of the freehand drawing essential to understanding. Unintended variation in the delivery of each session produced insightful comment, as did the relationship between the lecturer’s learning preference and their choice of pedagogy.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching
Creators: Harrison, O. and Monahan, M.
Publisher: University of Greenwich
Date: 8 March 2023
Volume: 16
Number: 1
ISSN: 2044-0081
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 Mar 2023 15:59
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 15:59

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