Professor Jeff Adams

Programme Leader Ed.D. Co-Director RECAP (Centre for Research in Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice)
Professor Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams is a Professor of Education at the University of Chester, where he is leader of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme. He is Principal Editor of the International Journal of Art & Design Education, and co-director of RECAP, the centre for Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice.

Qualifications

Jeff is currently researching into creative pedagogies in Palestine and the UK (British Academy funding). He previously led the Artist-Teacher MA programme at Goldsmiths, University of London, and he has worked at the Open University, Liverpool JMU and Edge Hill University, as well as teaching art in state schools in Yorkshire and Cumbria. Jeff has published widely in academic journals, and his books include Creativity and Democracy in Education (with Allan Owens, 2015, Routledge); Applying Theory to Educational Research (with Cochrane and Dunne, eds., 2012, Wiley-Blackwell); Documentary Graphic Novels and Social Realism (2008, Peter Lang).


Teaching

Jeff is programme leader and teaches on the Doctorate in Education (EdD); he supervises EdD and PhD students and teaches on the MA Creative Practices in Education in partnership with Tate Liverpool. Jeff also co-ordinates the Faculty of Education’s Research Seminar Series.

Research

Jeff is co-director of the research centre RECAP (Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice), which focuses on international research into creativity in education. Through RECAP he is currently researching creative pedagogies with the University of Bethlehem, a comparative project between Cheshire and the West Bank Palestine, funded by the British Academy, and also a comparative international study of art education with Concordia University, Montreal and the University of British Columbia, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. As Principal Editor of the International Journal of Art and Design Education, he is heavily committed to research into arts education, recently completing an inter-university project on creativity in teacher education, funded by Esmée Fairbairn. Prior to this he researched into contemporary art in education with Goldsmiths College and Tate Modern, funded by NESTA, and the impact of the Artist Teacher Scheme, funded by NSEAD. Jeff's other research interests include: documentary graphic novels and comics; contemporary arts in education; theory in educational research; democracy in education; the professional development of teachers through the arts. Jeff gives many conference papers at international conferences, such as his keynote address to the Korean Society for Education through Art (KoSEA) annual conference in Seoul (2013) and to the Practical and Aesthetic Learning Processes (Early Years) Conference at Jönköping University in Sweden (2015). His latest book, with Professor Allan Owens, is Creativity and Democracy in Education: Practices and Politics of Learning through the Arts (Routledge 2015).

 

Current and completed funded research projects:

  • ‘Creative Pedagogies in Palestinian (West Bank) and English (North West) schools: A Comparative Study’, Principal Investigator; in collaboration with Bethlehem University; British Academy Award (2012-16)
  • ‘The pedagogical turn to art as research: A comparative international study of art education’, Co-Investigator, Partnership Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): with Concordia University (home institution) Montreal, The University of British Columbia, University of Brasilia, Brazil, University of Lapland, Finland, University of Granada, Spain and University of Auckland, New Zealand (2015–2018).
  • ‘An Investigation into State Guidance and Policy on Creativity’, co-investigator, in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University, Edge Hill University and Cumbria University, Esmée Fairbairn award (2010-2013).
  • ‘Impact of the Artist Teacher Scheme on Practice and Pedagogy’, funded by the National Society for Education in Art and Design, co-investigator, with Goldsmiths College (2008-2009).
  • ‘Teaching, Learning and Communicating through Contemporary Art Practices’ in collaboration with Tate Modern; Principal Investigator, funded by NESTA; (2006-2007).
  • ‘Future Something Project’ research group, evaluating technologists working with young people ‘at risk’, with Goldsmiths College (2005-2006).
  • ‘Teaching and Learning through Contemporary Art,’ working with partner schools developing innovative teaching strategies with contemporary art, Goldsmiths College, Principal Investigator, funding from Tate Modern (2003-04)

Published work

Book

Creativity and Democracy in Education: Practices and Politics of Learning Through the Arts (with Owens, A. London and New York: Routledge (2015).

Applying Theory to Educational Research (with Cochrane & Dunne, eds.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2012);  

Documentary Graphic Novels and Social Realism. Oxford: Peter Lang. (2008)

Teaching Through Contemporary Art (with J., Worwood, K., Atkinson, D., Dash, P., Herne, S., and Page, T.) London: Tate Publishing. (2008)

 

Articles in referred journals

Touched by Turner, International Journal of Art and Design Education, 34.1, pp. 2-9 (2015).

The Artful Dodger: Creative Resistance to Neo-Liberalism in Education, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Vol. 35, No.4, pp. 242-255 (2013).

Technology, learning communities and young people: The Future Something Project, (with Herne, S., Atkinson, D., Dash, P., Jessel, J.), International Journal of Art and Design Education, 32.1, pp. 68-82. (2013).

Emerging Identities: The impact of the Artist Teacher MA on students’ pedagogical and artistic practices’ (with Page, T. and Hyde, W.) European Journal of Teacher Education 34.3, pp. 277-295 (2011)

Risky choices: the dilemmas of introducing contemporary art practices into schools, British Journal of Sociology of Education 31.6, pp. 683-701 (2010).

 The Pedagogy of the Image Text: Nakazawa, Sebald and Spiegelman Recount Social Traumas, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 29.1, pp. 37-52. (2008)

Artist-Teachers Engage with VLE Forums, International Journal of Art and Design Education 26.3, pp. 264-273 (2007).

Artist-Teachers Engage with VLE Forums, International Journal of Art and Design Education 26.3, pp. 264-273. (2007)

Art Now with the Living: A Dialogue with Teachers Investigating Contemporary Art Practices, (with Page, T., Herne, S., Charman, H., Dash, P., Atkinson, D.) International Journal of Art and Design Education, 25(2), pp. 146-155 (2006).

Room 13 and the Contemporary Practice of Artist-Learners, Studies in Art Education, 47:1, pp. 23-33 (2005).

The Artist-Teacher Scheme as Postgraduate Professional Development in Higher Education, International Journal of Art and Design Education 22.2, pp. 183-194 (2003).

 


Editorials in the International Journal of Art and Design Education

‘Art for Life: Race, Gender, Disability, Class – Critical Discourses around Participation in Arts Education’ International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 288-290.

‘Finding Time to Make Mistakes’, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 2-5. (2013).

‘Creativity and Democracy’, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 272-274. (2013).

‘Design education: International perspectives and debates’, (with Hyde, W., Murray, B.) International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 142-145. (2013).

‘The new philistinism: the English Baccalaureate’, International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 1-4 (2013).

‘The Centrality of Art, Design and the Performing Arts to Education’. (with Hiett, S.) International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 218-220  (2012)
‘Going beyond what we are’. International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 2-4 (2012)

‘Degradation of the Arts in Education’. International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 30, No. 2: pp.156–160 (2011)

‘The Ebb and Flow of Art and Design Education: A Dialogue with John Swift to Commemorate Thirty Years of iJADE’. (with Swift, J.) International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 30, No. 1: pp. 2–6.

The Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art 2010. International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 29, No. 3: pp.224–227. (2010)

Afro-Modern and Art Education. International Journal of Art and Design Education Vol. 29, No. 2. (2010)

 

Chapters in Edited Books

‘Room 13 and The Contemporary Practice of Artist-Learners’ in Sefton Green et al., (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning, London: Routledge, pp. 214-222 (2011).

 ‘Art Practice as Education Research’ in Adams, J., Cochrane, M., and Dunne, L. (Eds.). Applying Theory to Educational Research: An Introductory Approach with Case Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 203-217 (2012).

 ‘The Arts Outdoors’ (with Ashley, M., & Shirley, I.) in Waite, S. (Ed.) Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven. London: Sage, pp. 119-132 (2011).

'Teaching Now with the Living: A Dialogue with Teachers Investigating Contemporary Art Practices'. (with Page, T., Herne, S., Paul Dash, Charman, H., Atkinson, D.) In Herne, S., Cox, S. and Watts, R. Readings in Primary Art Education Bristol: Intellect, pp. 219 - 230 (2009).

‘Troubled Places: Domestic Space in Graphic Novels’ in Croft, J. & Smyth, G. (Eds.), Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, pp. 161-174. (2006).