Health management education with a paintbrush

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The ‘paradigm-shifting’ (Chia, 1996) qualities of art are highly relevant in education. For example, art has been used to help prepare management students for approaching complex problems (Nissley, 2010), and also to help health professional students become aware of their values, deepen their reflection and so inform ethical decision-making (Kinsella & Bidinosti, 2016). To investigate the place and function of art-making in health management education, I interviewed two experienced health managers studying at Masters-level. Both students had elected to complete an arts-based assignment. One student used painting to explore lateral violence in her surgical ward, and the other used photography to better understand communication patterns in her operating theatre. To further our conversations and to understand arts-based learning from within − through art itself − I made my own artworks and showed them back to the students at a subsequent interview. The data suggest that art-making can change a student’s perspective on management practice and that arts-based learning occurs as a movement from the unknown to the known, rather than as a process of building on what the students already knows. The two cases, including interview material, students’ artworks and my own artworks, will be discussed.
Chia, R. (1996). Teaching paradigm shifting in management education: University business schools and the entrepreneurial imagination. Journal of Management Studies, 33(4), 409-428.
Kinsella, E. A., & Bidinosti, S. (2016). ‘I now have a visual image in my mind and it is something I will never forget’: An analysis of an arts-informed approach to health professions ethics education. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 21(2), 303-322.
Nissley, N. (2010). Arts-based learning at work: Economic downturns, innovation upturns, and the eminent practicality of arts in business. Journal of Business Strategy, 31(4), 8-20.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2017
EventSeventeenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations - Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
Duration: 20 Apr 201721 Apr 2017 (Conference website) (Conference program)


ConferenceSeventeenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations
Abbreviated titleSucceeding and Achieving in Diverse Communities and Organizations
OtherThe Seventeenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations features research addressing the following annual themes and the 2017 special focus:
Theme 1: Management education
Theme 2: Change management
Theme 3: Knowledge management
Theme 4: Organizational cultures

2017 special focus:
Succeeding and Achieving in Diverse Communities and Organizations
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