Brookfields Lenses applied to the problem of Visualising Educational Concepts for Art School Students.
Educationalist, Brookfield (1995), suggested that we use four “critical lenses” through which to reflect upon our practice (in his book he refers to teachers, tutors and those engaed as education professionals).
He said these should be, Firstly, our own view (or autobiography). Secondly, looking at our work through the eyes of our students. Thirdly through the eyes of our fellow professionals (again here he means our peers and fellow tutors). Finally holding it up against the various theoretical perspectives expoused in the educational and educational theory literature.
Brookfield, asserts that our autobiographical experiences are “one of the most important sources of insight into teaching to which we have access.” (1995 p.31) and that examining our own unique experiences as learners as well as teachers can aid us in uncovering “our most deeply embedded allegiances and motivations as teachers.” (Brookfield, 1995; p.32)
I will have to use a similar method to test my work towards my MA. Though I may well need more additional lenses to add to Brookfields four, and I may have to tweak some of those.
I think I will have to look at whatever materials I produce variously through the lens of:
1 – The originator or developer of the content to be delivered,
2 – The Design Critic and Reviewer,
3a – The Designer (Me) who is primarily the Aesthete…
3b – The Designer (again, me) this time whose primary function is to communicate or facilitate communication,
4 – The institution in which the materials are to be displayed,
5 – The individual who is delivering coursework or content that uses the materials – i.e. the tutors on the ground.
6 – …and finally looking at it through the eyes of the students themselves… after all it is they that this is aimed at.