The poster session as fusing theory and practice in art and design education: exhibiting an occluded genre

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Thomas, P. and Lees-Maffei, G. 2018. The poster session as fusing theory and practice in art and design education: exhibiting an occluded genre. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. 11 (2), pp. 233-259. https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.11.2.233_1
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TitleThe poster session as fusing theory and practice in art and design education: exhibiting an occluded genre
AuthorsThomas, P. and Lees-Maffei, G.
Abstract

While the academic poster has been used extensively in the sciences, its particular pertinence in art and design education remains unrecognised. Posters (outputs) and the poster sessions which accompany them (processes) form an ‘occluded genre’ in design education. The secondary literature about academic posters is typically ‘how-to’ rather than pedagogical analysis. We identify the benefits of using posters in design education, whether as formats for ‘regenring’ the conventional contextual studies essay, or as iterations towards essay work which draw on the skills students are developing in their design briefs and thereby bridging theory and practice, and accommodating diversity. Based on our pedagogical research in the UK and the Netherlands, this article reflects on how students respond to the benefits of the poster, and the poster session, and provides teachers with a clear rationale for their increased use in design education.

Keywordscontextual studies; design education; pedagogy; poster sessions; posters; student responses
LanguageEnglish
PublisherIntellect
JournalJournal of Writing in Creative Practice
ISSN1753-5190
Electronic1753-5204
Publication dates
Online01 Sep 2018
PrintSep 2018
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Deposited18 Feb 2019
Accepted13 Jan 2018
Output statusPublished
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The author's accepted manuscript is made available in accordance with Intellect's Green Open Access policy (http://www.intellectbooks.com/open-access). The final published version is available in: Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Volume 11 Number 2, doi: 10.1386/jwcp.11.2.233_1. © 2018 Intellect Ltd.

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