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Putting ourselves in the picture: art workshops in the professional development of university lecturers.

Loads, Daphne Jane


Daphne Jane Loads


Nurse education is characterised by dissonance, ambiguity and uncertainty. Such a context makes demands on the educator’s authenticity or sense of self. This paper reports an attempt to provide a space where dissonance, ambiguity and uncertainty could be held, tolerated and examined and where authenticity could be recovered or developed through the practice of artistry. Three art workshops were offered to 8 nurse educators over a period of three months. Each of the participants and the co-facilitator were subsequently interviewed. All welcomed the opportunity to find meaning in their practice and to be listened to in a climate of empathy, acceptance and congruence. They undertook novel activities that allowed for discovery and surprise. They explored their sense of self and coined fresh metaphors to communicate their experiences. The paper argues that there is room for approaches to academic staff development that go against the mainstream.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-02
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2009
Publicly Available Date Feb 28, 2009
Print ISSN 1360-144X
Electronic ISSN 1470-1324
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 59-67
Keywords Art workshops; Therapeutic value; Educational value; Lecturer training; Nurse training;
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Contract Date Feb 18, 2009


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