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A diptych of dilemma: becoming an artist and a teacher


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MacDonald, AJ ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0244 2017 , 'A diptych of dilemma: becoming an artist and a teacher' , International Journal of Education Through Art, vol. 13, no. 2 , pp. 163-177 , doi: 10.1386/eta.13.2.163_1.

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This article examines factors identified as influencing teachers’ capacity to maintain arts practice upon beginning teaching. In exploring the storied experiences of three artists and teachers, a discussion unfolds to examine the ways that artist and teaching practices interact, and the implications this interaction has upon the beginning teachers’ transition into professional practice. A hybridized methodology has been adopted, where methods integral to autoethnography, narrative inquiry and a/r/tography are drawn together to generate a series of intricately layered stories of becoming artists and teachers. From these storied insights, the factors that emerged as critical to becoming are the beginning teachers’ perceptions and management of time, and their capacity to appropriately prioritize art and teaching practices over each other. The implications of these factors indicate a need for beginning teachers to better understand and acclimatize to the demands of becoming a teacher before attempting to resume high levels of artistic output.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:MacDonald, AJ
Keywords: teacher identity and practice, pre-service teacher, beginning teacher, art teacher
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Education Through Art
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
ISSN: 1743-5234
DOI / ID Number: 10.1386/eta.13.2.163_1
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