On: Rethinking the Imperative for Reflective Practices in Arts Education
There is an obvious need to look again at how "Art Class" is being taught, who it is being taught for and what the value is. One intrinsic element of teaching for artistic behaviour is teaching for reflective behaviour. As I see it, reflective behaviour supports creating citizens who care or who otherwise have the cultural morals and ethics that we would deem positive. As long as art class is driven by meeting curriculum standards of; now she can sew, now she can draw, now she can felt, now she can weave but not;
now she can think, now she can question, now she can reflect and make good well informed decisions, we will have people making statements about how unethical the people are today. I believe that if the core of citizens are made stronger, their virtue stronger with independent thinking, their morals and ethics will not so easily be swayed. People blame capitalism, however the same thing happened in the fall of socialism. So maybe we look at the wrong place. I agree with Burnard that artistic reflective processes are essential to building "tacit knowledge" which includes the learning of reflective "choice, decision, or judgment; strategies and theories that support a choice, decision or judgment; (and working with) feelings in the moment that lead to a consideration, belief, value" (2006 pg. 10)
There are many modes of reflection and Burnard states that "artist in particular give themselves over to virtually continuous reflective time, placing reflection at the heart of the creative process" (2006, pg.3). This is why I see teaching aesthetics and reflection as a main element for creating caring citizens who are independent thinkers. However for this to happen we need to be reflective ourselves and that includes the educational organization. "This helps to build and sustain professional communities" (2006, pg. 4) and it "requires us to look back critically and constructively (analytic self-reflection) and draw from one`s experiences (normative reflection) (2006, pg. 4).
Burnard, P (2006) Rethinking the Imperatives for Reflective Practices in Arts Education, in Reflective Practices in Arts Education Series: Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education, Vol. 5
Burnard, Pamela; Hennessy, Sarah (Eds.) Dordrecht: Springer