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Fine Art and Dementia: Looking at Paintings and Assessment for People with Dementia

Russell, Christopher ORCID: and Fisher, James (2017) Fine Art and Dementia: Looking at Paintings and Assessment for People with Dementia. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (11). ISSN 2024-8032

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This article describes an innovative teaching session designed and implemented at the University of Worcester, on the Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies. The class utilised teaching from art that was not linked in any way to the dementia context to promote learning for the students in a clinical aspect of their studies, that is assessment of need. Students reported that the approach enabled them to reflect upon their learning and engaged them in original learning, specifically new ways of thinking about aspects of their clinical practice. Additionally, new insight was provided into the value artworks may have as ‘creaturely objects’: as companions we have in our lives in a similar way to having animal or human companions. The article suggests that this pedagogic technique has wider implications; the approach of using fine art could be employed within a range of academic disciplines to encourage reflection upon learning and generate new insights.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Educational Development Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: dementia, art, innovative teaching, collaborative teaching, learning, teaching, Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Copyright Info: Open access
Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 08:37
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 12:02

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