The article review will major on the topic arts and education futures. Education is an ongoing process, and people think that school is getting a certificate and becoming contented with it. Every day in life one learns something different that one didn’t have even a clue. For one to learn, a classroom is not a mandatory requirement. Learning is everywhere, at work, at the streets, at home, school, while having a conversation etc. the classroom teachings need a structure that shows how the students will be taught and all related requirements. Many structures or systems are being followed in the education systems in the current world, but some are of no advantage to the students.
About the author
The article characters are the teacher who is the author and his friend Nicki. The author is both a teacher but a researcher doing his dissertation. The research is towards arts education and its related features. During his investigation, he comes up with a lot of findings that will be discussed which addresses the need of collaboration between the students and teachers also to solve critical problems in the daily to daily lives in school and outside the school environment. They write this article known as the “Collaborative creativity in stem” together with some other authors.
As the title suggests, the main argument is the need of having collaborative creativity between students-students and students-teachers in some cases. The author argues that the students should come together, give their ideas from experience and also from their institution. How can this help? Automatically combined minds are better that one mind. If the students share ideas, they can create a pool of ideas and any plan will be simple to get a solution (Burnard, 2014).
He talks about the body known as STEAM meaning SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS and MATHEMATICS (Chappell et al. 2012). It is a combination of STEM and arts education. When the students come together to solve a specific issue, they collaborate and share their knowledge in different fields. Imagine a solution being tackled by all corners? It will be easy and fast to come up with a solution and even advance to the answer itself. How do the students collaborate? One of the ways is through narratives. There is always a generation before, and each generation had its strengths and weaknesses. If these students read and analyses the past occurrences and deeply research on them and later share with the other students, their minds will grow and gain more than expected (Guyotte, 2013).
- Transdisciplinary Design Studio
There is the formation of the interdisciplinary groups (Burnard, 2014). The groups are responsible for the designs. The group works with the Transdisciplinary Design Studio. For them to be able to create good designs and tackle problems, the group need ideas not a single thought. That’s the reason they are a group not as individuals. The tutors knew group discussions yields better solutions compared to a person. The group practices the act of sociocultural methods to come up with ideas. The approach helps the students come up with valid life experiences and perceptions towards a particular problem with can be of good help. Some of the interdisciplinary groups as indicated had eleven undergraduates and graduates all there to solve specific problems (Hämäläinen, 2011).
Education, as indicated earlier, is an ongoing process and it never stops (Glǎveanu, 2011). The study is the building blocks when it comes to school. Every single day there is always a new thing being discovered, and one can never beware if there is no proper research. Even the author is also researching while doing his dissertation. The author does his research through methods that are known to produce almost 100% correct findings. The whole of the article is based on an analysis being conducted.
In these groups, he comes up with better data mining ways of getting information to solve issues involved. The three primary methods are getting information from focus groups, reflective papers and personal journals. It is a right way of getting information from the community. If one combines for example data from many individual journals, the students will expand their minds and also come up with solutions. The three sources carry extensive information since they are from people who lived before, had ideas and life experiences that if they were to be put in one pool, they could do wonders. According to the article, the semi-arranged focus groups were done twice during the course, they were run by members of the NSF team, and were never attended by the course tutors. On every occasion, the students were to be divided into three groups that met in given locations with their facilitators. The focus group code of behaviour was made to elicit crucial incident periods of students’ life experiences.
What the work describes in the articles is directly proportional to what literature proves right. In writing, a student can’t achieve by working all by himself, he/she needs people who they can share ideas with and also tackle problems affecting each other’s life. In this life, no single person knows every discipline. If one is useful in arts, another is good in engineering while others in mathematics etc. from that, people from all areas of life must all share their resources so that it can be used as one. Motivation is fundamental; it boasts one’s emotions positively. When all the students come together, there are life experiences which they share; some are experiences that gives motivation to another. The personal journals contain life experiences that show how a person started and how it ended, most of these journals include life experiences that are successful hence will boost the student’s morale to work and learn more on the area of interests. The article, therefore, obeys the rule of literature since its teaching corresponds with writing.
Credibility in writing is significant (Clandinin, 2013). What the author writes should be accepted as valid and authentic. The article content is frequent, and everybody needs the teaching. No man can live by himself. The act of sharing is there even in human’s characters and religion. These proofs the content is trustworthy. There have been researchers in the past before even the article publication, and none has ever proven the theory of collaboration wrong. In the education system, no single course teaches everything that is on earth; this shows that one person in one field needs another in another area. That’s what the writer in the article tries to give to the readers although he is specific towards the arts education.
In every place, some ethics are followed, and some are common in every situation. When it comes literature and article writing, the author should mind the people who will, in turn, read the article he/she writes. The report should not be biased on one side but should be neutral so that the decision can be in the hands of the person reading. The author here is not biased to one area not a given community, a country, a religion or anything. His message is crystal clear on what he wants to show to the public. The word is in collaboration so that to enhance creativity to all students. There is no point where he tries to explain that it is the students of that nation or male or females, the method applies to all. He respects all aspects of the literature which is being valid and being ethical.
Contribution to knowledge
The main aim of the article is to pass education to the people who read it (Gude, 2013). There are different kinds of experience, why? Because whatever one gets to know every single day is knowledge related, but not all information has a positive impact on the reader. Some insight can mislead some can guide. The articles culture is the one that can guide students to do what is right in class. The article can also add experience to the education ministry and its workers.
Every part of the world has its education system. The education system is based on the countries beliefs and also a way of revolution. Some of the education systems in some places are useless since they model people who have no skills who have just paperwork. The article gives evidence that a good education system is significant. For a student to be a success in the study, thorough research is very critical as indicated in the article. Some students are other learning institutions don’t take research as necessary as it should be, some copy pastes other peoples work just to get the grades. All these are related to the system. The tutors and the lecturers should look at this content so that they can implement it during their teaching. Some of these tutors just give lectures without considering things like group discussions. If some students are not instructed to form groups they can’t do it on their own, they need guidance.
The people who are directly affected by the message are the students. Some scholars are jealous of sharing what they have with others so that they can pass the exams alone. The current world nowadays needs people with skills not fake grades. They should know that education is a process and they need others to fill the gap. The author has talked about the methods of getting information, if those methods are followed, the problems the world is experiencing right could have been solved decades away. The people to solve the world’s problems are not old people, parents, no, it starts with the scholars. All these can’t be done if collaboration in learning is not met because partnership brings about creativity.
The evidence is essential when proving a point. The authors have well demonstrated in the article their methods are mandatory for one to succeed. There is a lot of referencing in the article, showing that other researchers have also shown that these methods are real. That’s real evidence since research done by many people producing the same conclusion has the highest probability of being correct. Another proof is that even in class, group discussions are frequent and before a semester ends there must be one or more group assignments. The tutors know that people have to combine their minds so that some solutions can be made. Group discussions are a way of collaboration which does not only adds knowledge but also strengthens students relationship who after some time ends up sharing life experiences without fear.
The author indicates that through the group encounters, it ended up fundamental for him at an opportune time to utilise the utilisation of empathy and analogy in the correspondence endeavours. By going up against the point of view of the schoolmates, there was the need to quickly separate and recombine ideas in a route like their techniques. Lack of good communication runs widespread between the disciplines, which he had encountered at first. The plan challenges inside the Transdisciplinary Design Studio demonstrated to him that few out of every odd individual would figure a similar way he does. By going up against the viewpoint of the schoolmates, he could quickly separate and recombine ideas in a path like their strategies.
Being specific, he recalls his colleague and partner in the second outline challenge, disclosing a designing idea to him using visual analogy. She drew a photo of a blueberry pie and attempted her very best to teach him about integrals. He never understood what a fundamental was, yet her endeavours to speak with him and the shared ability built up an establishment of trust and common regard. In some days following this correspondence, the group he was participating was working cooperatively on the water configuration test and gaining quick ground. There is substantial evidence that the content is right and it works both to increase knowledge and boost relationships.
To add to the life experiences of the author, he has been tested, pushed, and developed in a way similar to an elastic band; he can never come back to his common sense. It is intriguing that as a scholar, identical to his designing companions, a dominant part of the studio encounters have likewise been centred on the product. One should learn it as quick as he possible and after that wrench out however much as he can for the shortest time possible. So he needed to play more with the materials. Investigate more and examine. And after that just play. Having a tip on things like this will help him in the future vocation as an art tutor; the best instructors learn continually. Using the interdisciplinary studio and its impact on my different classes and additional curricular exercises, he has turned out to be more mindful of his imaginative procedures and reasoning examples. Have figured out how he mainly learn, and he trusts that information will decidedly impact his capacities in engineered thinking for whatever is left of life.
Contribution to the development of practice
The article has got a lot of potential towards the development of training in arts and education future. Arts as literature needs a lot of creativity so that it can look awesome. One person can never do these, but a group of people who have passion can come together and promote arts by collaborating to produce excellent arts in educations. I believe this article has potential to change a lot of people in the art education industry. If people read the article and do what the author suggests, then the arts and education industry can go far. Arts work is there in every other field in the industry.it is there in engineering, mathematics, technology and every science discipline. It means that all stakeholders should hold hands, collaborate and at last will automatically go very far regarding progress.
In conclusion, arts education needs collaboration from all sides so that it can develop gradually over time. The article shows that focus groups are a must so that ideas shared can be driven into use. Collaboration does not only involved ideas but also personal life experiences which builds other persons motivation which in turn boosts relationships. It is evident in the article that the method works if implemented. Would recommend this method to every scholar or any learning institution because it yields fruits.
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