Development of Pupils Picture Aesthetic Competences on the Basis of IT-didactic Designs of Digital Picture Production

Helle Rasmussen

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EEAR Network:
29. Research on Arts Education

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Emerging Researchers’ Group

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Author: Helle Rasmussen……
Organazation: Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Student Contribution: X

Title of proposal:
Development of Pupils Picture Aesthetic Competences on the Basis of IT-didactic Designs of Digital Picture Production

Proposal information:
The topic for this presentation is an ongoing investigation of the connection between the learning outcome of digital picture production and IT-didactic designs, and it refers to a Ph.D.-project in progress.

The research question of the project is how IT-didactic designs can support lessons in production of complex meaning in digital pictures and increase the development of pupil’s picture aesthetic competences. The objective is to qualify and renew lessons in the school subject visual arts – and crosswise of subjects in school.

The project is due to different facts: Digital pictures are increased factors in the development of culture, in socializing and in bildung. (Tholle 2007). Furthermore new genres and ways of using digital pictures and medias continuously develop. (Sørensen 2002). This ought to be an incessant challenge for teachers in the school subject of visual arts in Denmark, where digital picture production has been a demand since 1991. Investigations indicate though, that integration of IT in lessons of visual arts has not run successfully. (Ministeriet for Børn og Undervisning, 2011).

Next to that, results of recent research in IT-didactics make challenges to the didactics of visual arts. Results show, that use of IT and digital medias facilitates learning processes in those subjects, where such investigations have taken place. (Levinsen og Sørensen 2008). Until now most didactic research in the field of visual arts has been related to production of analog pictures. Research of Mie Buhl shows though, that digital picture production develops new strategies of production compared to analog picture production. (Buhl 2002). This invites for research into the connection between IT-didactic designs and the learning outcome of digital picture production.

The learning outcome will be analyzed in the light of a specific concept of picture aesthetic competence, which it is a part of the project to clarify. In this process Nelson Goodman’s pragmatic aesthetics will be used to raise awareness of special characteristics of most visual symbolism and the complexity in the formation of meaning, which is a consequence of this - and of the fact, that many digital pictures interact with other kinds of symbols – for example text and sound. (Goodman 1968).

Metodology or Methods/Research Instruments or Sources used:
The research method refers to Design Based Research, since the project is based on a design theoretical view of learning. (Cobb et. All 2003, Van den Akker 2006, Collins 2004). Learning is here to be understood as “a sign producing activity in a specific situation within an institutional framing”, which makes digital picture production in schools topical in a new way. (Selander 2008). IT-didactic designs of digital picture production will be developed, tested, analyzed and re-designed on a basis of desk research, intervention in three 5. Classes and on a basis of dialogue with teachers and pupils involved.

Conclusions, expected utcomes or findings:
The project is expected to create new knowledge of the connection between digital picture production, IT-didactic design and the development of pupil’s picture aesthetic competences. The project is also - besides of clarifying a new concept of picture aesthetic competence - expected to develop and argue for a specific model for IT-didactic design of digital picture production, which makes the development of pupil’s picture aesthetic competences probable.

References: (Only the most important references for the abstract)

Buhl, Mie (2002): “Paradoxical Visual Arts Education” (English Title), The Danish University of Education

Cobb, P. et al. (2003): “Design Experiments in Educational Research” in “Educational Researcher”, vol. 32, no. 1.

Collins, Allan et. al. (2004): “Design Research: Theoretical and Metodological Issuses” in “Journal of the Learning Sciences”, Vol. 13.

Goodman, Nelson (1968): “Languages of Art – an Approach to a Theory of Symbols”, Indianapolis U.S.A., The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc..

Levinsen, Karin Tweddell og Birgitte Holm Sørensen (2008): ”IT, faglig læring og pædagogisk videnledelse”. Rapport vedr. Projekt IT og læring 2006-2007.
Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitetsskole.

Ministeriet for børn og undervisning (2011): ”Kortlægning af de praktisk/musiske fags status og vilkår i folkeskolen”. Rapport, Rambøll.

Selander, Staffan (2008): “Designs for Learning – A Theoretical Perspective” in “Designs for Learning”, Vol. 1, nr. 1.

Sørensen, Birgitte Holm (2002): “Digital produktion – nye æstetiske former og produktionsmåder under udvikling” in Carsten Jessen m.fl. (red): ”Børn på nettet – kommunikation og læring”, Gads Forlag.

Tholle, Kirsten Plum (2007): ”Den personlige hjemmeside – æstetik og identitet” in Carsten Jessen m.fl. (red): ”Børn på nettet – kommuniukation og læring”, Gads Forlag.

Van den Akker, Paul et al. (2006): ”Introducing Educational Design Research” in Van den Akker, Paul et al. (red): ”Educational Design Research”

Intend of publication:


Digital Picture Production, Aesthetics, IT-Didactic Design
Remark/Message to the Programme Committee and Chairs: None
Translated title of the contributionUdvikling af elevers billedæstetiske kompetencer på baggrund af IT-didaktisk design af digitalt billedarbejde
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean Conference on Educational Research 2013: Creativity andn Innovation in Educational Research - Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 9 Sep 201313 Sep 2013


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Educational Research 2013
LocationBahcesehir University

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