Debates in Art and Design Education encourages student and practising teachers to engage with contemporary issues and developments in learning and teaching. This fully updated second edition introduces key issues, concepts and tensions in order to help art educators develop a critical approach to their practice in response to the changing fields of education and visual culture.

Accessible, comprehensive chapters are designed to stimulate thinking and understanding in relation to theory and practice, and help art educators to make informed judgements by arguing from a position based on theoretical knowledge and understanding. Contributing artists, lecturers and teachers debate a wide range of issues including:

  • the latest policy and initiatives in secondary art education
  • the concepts, skills and dispositions that can be developed through art education
  • tensions inherent in developing the inclusive Art and Design classroom
  • citizenship education within Art and Design teaching
  • new practices in community arts education
  • examining ‘whiteness’ in the sector

Debates in Art and Design Education is for all student and practising teachers interested in furthering their understanding of an exciting, ever-changing field, and supports art educators in articulating how the subject is a vital, engaging and necessary part of the twenty-first century curriculum.

chapter |8 pages


part 1|46 pages


chapter Chapter 1|20 pages

Arts education to come in the Anthropocene

The cosmic artisan

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Beyond civics

Art and Design education and the making of active/activist citizens

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages

Teaching as form

Working with young people in refugee camps

part 2|50 pages


chapter 56Chapter 4|15 pages

Inheritance, disobedience and speculation

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

There are no formal elements

Why we need a historicist pedagogy of Art and Design

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages

Speculative and symbolic forms of expression

New practices in community arts education

part 3|78 pages


chapter 106Chapter 7|16 pages

Cultural diversity, creativity and modernism

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Closer to the skin

Whiteness and coloniality in ‘white’ art educators

chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

Working towards gender spectrum

Gender awareness in Finnish comprehensive schools

chapter Chapter 10|27 pages

Social class and Art & Design education

A significant omission

part 4|40 pages

Sites for learning, sites for action

chapter 184Chapter 11|11 pages

The art museum as a site for practice-based research

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Expanding the gallery

Curation, pedagogy and social action in community-based arts programmes

chapter Chapter 13|12 pages

Good enough sculptures; good enough teaching

Creating opportunities for play and physical exploration in the teaching and making of art