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Evaluation of the international fantasy design project
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)Alternative title
Utvärdering av ett samtida konstprojekt : som nu ungefär (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The Fantasy Design project promoting design education in the school was implemented in close cooperation between five European countries Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Scotland between 2003 and 2006 and with funding from EU Culture 2000 Programme. The evaluators have made visits to The Lighthouse in Glasgow and The Design Museum in Helsinki. The evaluation includes observation of design educational situations and of the international exhibition. Coordinators on international and national levels and actors such as teachers, design pedagogues and designers have been interviewed. Documents such as the EU-application, The Fantasy Design catalogue, websites, national and self evaluations, magazines, articles, TV programs and pictorial documentations of different parts of the project have been studied.

In each country schools and designers worked together with the concept of creating ”Fantasy Designed” products. Some of these were put on show in an international touring exhibition. The total sum visiting the international exhibitions in Helsinki, Gent and Glasgow were 76 600 visitors. The touring international exhibition and the national and the local exhibitions gave visibility to the pupils´ efforts and to design education in schools. Several national introductory courses and continuing education courses have been arranged for the teachers and an international teachers´ seminar was arranged in Oslo. Material for educational projects was produced, including the catalogue used in the exhibition. On the website other educational material could be downloaded by teachers to use in their design education. Cooperation and means for bringing pupils and designers together were successful.

The project has reached its objectives according to the ones mentioned in the application. It has a focus on complete communicative processes, which means that the pupils have been taken seriously in their work. Fantasy Design also focus on teachers´continuing education, which creates sustainability to design education in school. It is forward-looking in its ambition to educate for creativity and cooperative win-win situations between institutions such as schools and museums, and also between countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Institutionen för estetiska ämnen, Umeå universitet. , 2008. , 135 p.
, Tilde ~ Rapporter från Institutionen för estetiska ämnen, ISSN 1103-8470 ; 10
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31612ISBN: 978-91-7264-535-6OAI: diva2:293528
Available from: 2010-02-12 Created: 2010-02-11 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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