For this research I chose to focus on the learning of my A level photography students in Years 12 and 13. I formulated my action research question as follows:
Stimulus: I’d like my A level photography students to be better able to generate their own
ideas and be more independent learners.
Hypotheisis: I suspect they haven’t yet made the leap from considering their work as belonging to school, in their role as students, rather than to themselves as artists.
Research: I’m interested in ideas like Mantle of the Expert, design thinking,
studio schools and ‘How to be an artist’ by Michael Atavar.
Consequently, my research question is:
If I encourage my Year 12 and 13 photography students to inhabit the role of
artist/photographer, with a practice of their own, will they become more
independent and resilient?
Jon Nicholls, Thomas Tallis School
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