What Does Good Visual Art Teaching Look Like in a Malaysian Higher Education Setting?

By Md. Nasir Ibrahim and Syed Osman Syed Yusoff.

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This study explores the perceptions of visual art teacher educators of what constitutes good visual art teaching in a Malaysian higher education setting. The aim of this study is to deepen our understanding of the characteristic features of good visual art teaching. The study adopts a qualitative case study approach and draws on the principles and practices of narrative inquiry. In this study four visual art teacher educators were interviewed and observed. Findings suggest that teaching is shaped by prior experiences and understandings of the professional teaching situation. For studio-based participants, mastery of art skills and knowledge is of primary importance in good visual art teaching. For theory-based participants, good visual art teaching also involves mastery of pedagogical content knowledge and practical knowledge. For all participants, lifelong learning through self-reflection, inquiry, peer reviewing, involvement in on-going professional development and continuing education is a hallmark of good visual art teaching. In addition all visual art teacher educator participants view good visual art teaching as a relational activity. Through this study an understanding of the beliefs, values and life-shaping factors that underpin and inform these visual art teacher educators’ teaching practices provides us with new understandings of their work in Malaysian teacher education.

Keywords: Good Teaching, Higher Education, Narrative Inquiry

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.129-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.267MB).

Dr. Md. Nasir Ibrahim

Deputy Dean (Graduate Study & Research), Faculty of Art, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Dr. Md. Nasir Ibrahim is the Deputy Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Art and Music, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. During his career he has been a teacher, an administrator, a researcher, a presenter, a panellist, a consultant, and an ISO trainer. He has achieved and retains a wealth of expertise in all these areas. Professionally, he has a strong interest in Art Education and advocacy efforts for quality visual art teaching and learning in higher education. Dr. Nasir has presented papers internationally in a few countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, and Spain. He has also published refereed journal articles, proceedings, and books internationally and in Malaysia.

Syed Osman Syed Yusoff

Distant Education Student / Lecturer, Fischler School of Education & Humanities / Visual communication Program, Faculty of Arts, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Syed Osman Syed Yusoff has worked in Malaysia, USA, New Zealand, and Kuwait as designer, art director, and educator. He is a senior lecturer at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Malaysia, and a Phd candidate at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

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