Drawing as a Way of Knowing: Visual Practices as the Route to Becoming Academic

Abegglen, Sandra, Burns, Tom and Sinfield, Sandra (2018) Drawing as a Way of Knowing: Visual Practices as the Route to Becoming Academic. Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie, 28. pp. 173-187.

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This case study illustrates what happened when we took a playful approach in a first year undergraduate academic skills module and a graduate Facilitating Student Learning module asking our students to “draw to learn.” We found that they not only enjoyed the challenges we set them, but also that they “blossomed” and approached their academic writing with more confidence and joy. Hence we argue for a more ludic approach to learning and teaching in Higher Education to enable Widening Participation students and their tutors to become the academic writers they want to be. In particular “blind drawing” seems to be a powerful tool for diminishing the fear of failure and for fostering deep understanding as well as self-confidence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: drawing; blind drawing; learning
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Social Professions
Centre for Professional Education and Development (CPED)
Depositing User: Sandra Abegglen
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 09:20
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1354

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