An Activity Using a Theme in Curriculum Planning

John Lancaster
1980, Vol. 13, No. 1,


This paper is seen principally as a discussion document for students who are training to be specialist art teachers and for young teachers in their first year or two of teaching. The writer's intention is to raise some basic issues related to the planning of creative art activities within the art curriculum and he uses pragmatically-oritentated charts as a means of generating thought processes which are not stifled by philosophical discourse. His experience of working with Postgraduate Certificate in Education students as well as with experienced teachers on advanced level courses, has led him to conclude that in considering the use of themes and the sequential development of ideas which will make theme-work both meaningful and educationally valid, it is imperative to spell-out basic aims, objectives and procedures clearly and simply so that confusion and unstructured teaching are avoided.

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