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

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This study explores the perceptions of four 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 in a higher education setting.

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 is not only about mastery of art skills and knowledge but also involves mastery of pedagogical content knowledge and practical knowledge. Despite these apparent differences in beliefs and practices, concern for pedagogical content knowledge is a feature of the work of all four participants. 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, Visual Art Education
Stream: Creative Arts and Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , What Does Good Visual Art Teaching Look Like in a Malaysian Higher Education Setting?


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 Deputy Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia.

Ref: L09P1716