Initial Teacher Training - Trainers Pack and Programme



The purpose of this section of the web site is to offer a series of links to web sites and pages that will be of interest to those engaged in, or about to engage in, research in art, craft and design education. In this section research is taken to include development work (e.g. small scale teacher initiated, following an action research model which is intended to develop pedagogy).

Why should art educators engage in research? What are the purposes of research in the context of Initial Teacher Education for art? These questions are addressed in this section of the ITT pages.

Research is a form of systematic enquiry that extends knowledge. It should produce new knowledge and improve practice. However, research is a demanding activity, it is not something that can be carried out on an ad hoc basis. Good research is systematic, rigorous and methodical; it should be located within a professional field of enquiry, in this case art education.

There are a multitude of reasons why art educators should engage in research, just some of the more important ones include:

  • To extend knowledge in the field
  • To inform practice
  • To document, critically interrogate and disseminate best practice
  • To inform future policy and practice
  • To test models of practice

These pages are intended to help art educators to make a start in addressing some of the key issues in research and to familiarise themselves with current issues being addressed by researchers, research centres and networks. Sources of research and project funding are included together with some useful links about starting out in research and getting published.

Themes and issues of concern change rapidly in education and art education is no exception. The following broad headings are offered as starting points for topical areas of concern or debate for those engaged in art education at any level.

  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Artists, Architects, designers and craft residencies
  • ICT
  • Current Government priorities
    • Gender Issues
    • Creativity
    • Education for Sustainable Development
    • Inclusion
    • Citizenship

For issues in HE Art and Design - CHEAD (

Current projects that might be of interest are:

Youdraw (
Building Connections (
Making it Work

Other web sites and resources of interest to art educators:

Guide to quality internet resources in the Arts and Creative industries (
Internet Resources - Art Education (
Internet Resources - Art Links (

The pages on this part of the site are arranged in five sections:

  • Research centres, networks and journals
  • Research and project funding
  • Getting started in research
  • Getting published

We would welcome any feedback from users to assist in further development of the site for future teacher trainers.