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Conditions and Consequenses of Reflective Practices in Arts Education

In education and arts practices it is the specifics of context which demand constant review, reappraisal, refinement, rehearsal, redefining—all activities in which critical reflection is implicit.

On every occasion when people come together to play, improvise, devise, invent, share ideas and new understandings in art making; the medium/s, the place, the timescale, the levels of ability, dispositions, expectations and ambitions of participants; and the socio-cultural affordances or constraints all have a bearing on how the experience will take shape and evolve.

Every factor interacts with every other creating a unique condition to which arts practitioners must not only be especially sensitive but also be able to exploit or ameliorate in creative and appropriate ways.

Sarah Hennessy.

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