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Opening up Opportunities: PGCE Secondary Art and Design Trainees’ Experiences of Teaching Pupils Identified as Having Visual Impairment in Art Education

Dunn, Harriet (2022) Opening up Opportunities: PGCE Secondary Art and Design Trainees’ Experiences of Teaching Pupils Identified as Having Visual Impairment in Art Education. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to explore Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) secondary art and design trainees’ experiences of facilitating an art education project for pupils at a specialist school for visual impairment (VI) and other needs in the Northwest of England. This opportunity is designed to better prepare PGCE trainees for working with pupils identified as having VI. The thesis draws upon fieldwork conducted across two separate academic years at one Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the Northwest of England. Data was generated through focus groups with PGCE trainees, at the end of the art education project and again upon completion of the PGCE course in each academic year. I contribute to existing knowledge in the field by highlighting the ways PGCE trainees’ perspectives towards working with VI and SEN, has shifted over the one-year period of the PGCE course.

My findings indicate, initially PGCE trainees were apprehensive about working with pupils identified as having VI. However, participation in VI training enabled PGCE trainees to gain an understanding of pupils’ perspectives, they also recognised this could not fully replicate pupils’ lived experiences. PGCE trainees’ subsequent teaching practice placements and feedback they provided, became important indicators of the ways in which they were able to transfer the skills learnt regarding teaching pupils identified as having VI into practice, when working with pupils identified as having a range of SEN. In sum, through following their journey, PGCE trainees, were able to develop as teachers.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual impairment; education; art; PGCE
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV888 Children with disabilities
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
Divisions: Education
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 10:23
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 10:25
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00016765
Supervisors: Asghari, Amir and Kassem, Clara
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16765

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