Artistic Inquiry in Art Teacher Education: Provoking Intuition through a Montage of Memory in and of Place

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Adrienne Boulton


 In this paper, I discuss research that explored the emergence of an intuitive disposition through teacher candidate participants’ artistic inquiry of their former school spaces and the conceptualization of time as montage to articulate novel pedagogical conditions in teacher education. Through filmmaking, participants performed as nomads, responding both physically and aesthetically to their affective responses to memory in place. In doing so, individuated memories of their mundane experiences of schooling emerged, disrupting recollected discourses about why they teach. This suggests the importance of artistic practice in teacher education pedagogical practices and the value of learning through rather than from experience. 

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