For this assessment a rational of a researchable issue, which impacts on professional practice is required. The rational will discuss the methodology and research methods used, analysis of data, conclusion of findings and make recommendations for future improvements. The research question asked “will a humanistic approach to teaching lead to better student performance when presenting project work within foundation art and design”. Art and design students are regularly asked to present work to their tutors and peers. This is often a stressful yet vital time for students, as it aids the development of work and encourages them to speak articulately about art and design. Personal experience in being both a student and a tutor within this situation has led to this particular question being asked. It is hoped by discussing this issue; students will be provided with a learning environment that encouraged them to success, within the foundation course and wider learning environment. To identify whither a humanistic student centred autonomous approach to teaching, leads to better student performance when presenting project work. Students were asked to fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire aimed to discover, which method of teaching students prefer. How they felt when presenting in certain situations. To support the findings an interview with the class tutor was held discussing which method of teaching they felt results in better student performance when presenting. The question was specifically asked to foundation students specialising in fashion design along with their class tutor. Both tutor and students have experienced in two very different teaching approaches when presenting student art work. The first being the traditional method of student presentation, where the tutor is at the centre of learning in an active role giving constant formal feedback both negative and positive. The students are in a passive receptive role where the tutor’s word is seen as “sacred”. This situation is often prearranged and very formal. Opposed to the humanistic approach that has adopted a constructivist method to student presentation. Students are asked as a collective group to discuss individuals work, in a less formal structured and controlled way. Students are at the centre of their own learning and the tutor is the facilitator. The fashion design class is comprised of thirteen male and female students. Students Age from eighteen to twenty-two. Two students in the class have mild forms of learning difficulty such as dyslexia and or dyspraxia. The institution in which the data was collected, is a large multi campus university located in south Wales. Offering a number of foundation courses including a Foundation course of Art, Design & Media which represents a very small portion of the institution; The Institution operates in areas of south Wales that are socially and economically deprived. Having very poor educational achievements. The institute provides further education provisions to support the community with opportunities that enable learners to enter undergraduate programs such as a foundation in art, media and design. The course offers students progression routes into higher education programs at universities or further afield. Learners currently enrolled are one hundred students of mixed gender all with varied abilities and some with learning difficulties. The...
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