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Artist, Researcher, Teacher

A Study of Professional Identity in Art and Education

Artist, Researcher, Teacher explores the relationship of three professional identities that often intersect in the lives of art practitioners, educators, and students.

Challenging conventional wisdom about specialization and professional identity, Alan Thornton shows that many individuals have complex, varied, and evolving relationships with visual art—relationships that do not fit into any single category. Against the backdrop of an expanding research culture and current employment models in the United States and the United Kingdom— where many artists also work as teachers—he argues for the necessity of a theory that both reflects and influences practice in the realm of art and art-related work. A great resource for those whose professional or creative lives encompass multiple aspects of art, research, and education, Artist, Researcher, Teacher will also provide fresh insights for those interested in identity formation and professional roles and practices. By elucidating our current situation, it opens the door to much-needed new approaches.

147 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013

Art: Art--General Studies

Education: Education--General Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Part I: The Artist Teacher
1. Historical Impressions
2. Identity Theory
3. The Identity of the Teacher
4. The Identity of the Artist
5. The Identity of the Artist Teacher
6. ‘Putting Her Heart into Art’
7. A Really Good Art Teacher . . .
8. An Artist Teacher’s Portrayal
9. A Conceptual Model
Part II: The Researcher Artist
10. Research and Art
11. Art Practice as Research
Part III: The Teacher Researcher
12. Research and Training
13. Action Research


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