All Heads Together
L-R: Deirdre Rogers (Artistic Director of ReCreate), Prof. Carmel O’Sullivan, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, Clodagh O’Reilly (CEO, ReCreate Ireland), Teresa Heeney (Chairperson, ReCreate Ireland and CEO of Early Childhood Ireland).
A handbook has recently been published for teaching artists and teachers working with reuse materials in inclusive educational settings. It is the result of a research study between Prof. Carmel O'Sullivan from the Arts Education Research Group in the School of Education and ReCreate Ireland. The research was funded by the EPA. There is a long tradition of artists working in educational settings, but there has been a lack of attention given to how teaching artists work in classrooms. This evidence based handbook attempts to provide insight from the literature on pedagogy and educational theory, and offers practical guidance to teaching artists and teachers working with reuse materials in inclusive educational settings. Information on a shared delivery model and inclusive practices, lesson planning, assessing progress, classroom and behaviour management, legal and policy compliance, and a series of sample lesson plans are provided in the handbook.