International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 8 Number 12

October 7, 2007

Target Practice? Using the Arts for Social Inclusion

Heather Lynch
University of Stirling

Julie Allan
University of Stirling

Citation: Lynch, H., & Allan, J. (2007). Target practice? Using the arts for social inclusion. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 8(12). Retrieved [date] from
Use of creative processes as a tool for social inclusion has gathered momentum in recent years. This article reports the views of education professionals based in Scotland on the use and effects of targeting. While this strategy aims to improve access to those communities considered marginal, it is apparent that some of the effects are detrimental to the development of an equitable approach. Using the framework of social capital we gain insight into strategies which enable difference to become positive and where the top down mechanism of targeting is replaced by a dialogical exchange.

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