The art of freedom in HE teacher development

Christine Jarvis

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This paper considers the benefits of framing the education of Higher Education teachers as an art, and of facilitating a creative and artistic approach to teaching in Higher Education. It recognises the difficulties this poses in an international context in which Higher Education is increasingly presented as a commodity which must be standardised to provide guaranteed outcomes for students and governments. It presents the findings from a study of two cohorts of academic staff at a UK University who followed an arts-informed development programme and suggests that they and their students benefitted from the freedom to improvise and experiment. The study suggests that teachers appreciate the structure and discipline offered by the arts, as well as the opportunity to work with methods and materials outside their normal comfort zones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-31
Number of pages15
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Issue number1
Early online date26 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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