The Change Lab, designed as a model of practice, aims to integrate Development Education into the PME program at NCAD. It provides a critical space for learning, contemplation, and reimagining the possibilities of teaching art and design curriculum in secondary-level education through a development education lens.
The Change Lab nurtures a strong commitment and motivation among student teachers to promote social justice and sustainability in their practice as artist-researchers. It involved groups of three to four student teachers working in the NCAD gallery space for a three-week period, creating a body of artwork that critically reflected the social injustices and unsustainable practices prevalent in our time. This unique environment allowed them to explore the social, ethical, and cultural dimensions of their art practice, delving into complex real-world problems.
The project highlighted the integral role of the student teachers’ response, research, and creative work as artists, researchers, and teachers within the PME program’s methodology for learning and teaching Visual Art in post-primary education. Red&Grey’s graphic design expertise brought the exhibition and accompanying book to life, effectively capturing the essence of the Change Lab’s mission and the student teachers’ artistic exploration of contemporary issues.
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