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Never judge a book by its movie

Never judge a book by its movie

Ingham, Mark (2010) Never judge a book by its movie. In: Inspiring Learners: Equipping the Next Generation of Graduates, 6 July 2010, University of Greenwich. (Unpublished)

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I was told that is was not ‘sexy’ to propose to the teaching innovation fund that I wanted to buy a number of books for the design students in my contextual studies lessons. Why don’t they buy their own? Borrow them from the library? I was told as disbelief came over the faces of perplexed colleagues. It’s not very digital and rather old fashioned seemed to be the consensus. A week ago a 3rd year student walking down the corridor and said ‘ that fantastic book, best I’ve read....’ as I was giving out No More Rules: Postmodernism and Graphic Design to a group of 1st year students. My aim with this project was to engage the students in reading and to allow them to read complex key texts that would enhance their learning and thinking about their design work. They all needed to be reading the same text at the same time and for a good length of time without the fear of a fine. There were a range of emotions as I handed out the copies of the books that had been bought through the funding. From a Christmas present opening glee to a look of fear of some of the student’s faces, the task had only begun. I would argue that without all the students having the same opportunities to start with then we are immediately disadvantaging some of the students who may not have the confidence, finances or appetite to read the texts we all ask them to. This project in a small way addressed some of the issues of students not reading what we wanted them to read. It has been both sustainable and educationally rewarding as the books are passed down from one year to the next and conversations start.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Additional Information: This output will form a part of the ATOPIA research group. Mark Ingham is visual artist and has been making work and researching into ideas of autobiographical memory and photographs for the last 10 years. He has an AHRB funded practice-led PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He studied BA Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art and Design and went to the Slade School of Fine Art for his postgraduate studies. He was then awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture, and Design Department at The University of Greenwich. He is also a visiting lecturer and is a PhD Director of Studies Supervisor at Wimbledon School of Art and is a Visiting Lecturer on the MA and BA at Ravensbourne. He has exhibited is work widely, most recently an installation in London at the Dilston Grove Space in Southwark Park for Cafe Gallery Projects called ‘Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae’ which was funded by an individual grant from the Arts Council of England. He showed 120 SLR cameras which he converted into slide projectors. He has also exhibited in a group show EPISODE, organised by Curating Video at temporarycontemporary, London which travelled to Leeds and Miami.
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning, books, films
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Department of Architecture & Urbanism
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17

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