We organised in-service training events in three county seats in collaboration the Regional Educational and Teaching Centres (Hungarian abbreviation: POK) and the Hungarian Art Teachers’ Association (HATA), a national professional body. HATA that ensured the spread of information about the project and its downloadable teachers’ manuals and papers. In 2015, members of this research group, Emil Gaul, Ágnes Gaul-Ács, Andrea Kárpáti and Béla Zombori founded a professional community called Network of Master Teachers of Art that has more than 530 registered members (May 2020). We have been organising monthly. freely accessible, certified professional development short courses on current issues of art education for the network and from September 2016, most of these include information sessions or lectures on this project.
Another important dissemination event is the yearly ELTE Conference on Arts Education in Hungarian (http://mpk.elte.hu) and the partly overlapping ELTE Workshop for Arts Education in English, (http://ewae.elte.hu) featuring distinguished speakers from education and four art form: drama, dance, music and the visual arts. The conference and workshop series is a recognised, regular event endorsed by ELTE University, one of the leading research institutions of Hungary, and involved about 300 participants from all over Hungary and 12 foreign countries in 22-24 June, 2017.
We have started developing our network of partner schools. Seven institutions decided to join (see their names and geographical locations here) and their art teachers started using one or more of our module programs. We do not aim at a large group of followers as teaching the modules requires preparation and a thorough redevelopment of previous teaching and learning programs. Our targets are master and researcher teachers (educational ranks for experienced teachers rewarded by higher salaries, connected to state examinations and continuous involvement in educational innovation), who may spread our results and recruit their own working groups to adapt and improve our learning modules.
Many members of our research group are on the staff of five teacher training institutions or work in laboratory schools as mentors of pre-service teachers. This professional involvement is our best method of dissemination as they continuously incorporate the Moholy-Nagy Visual Modules in their teaching. For two modules, we have prepared a pre-service training material for use in Masters level art education training programs.
We regularly present our work at the assembly of the Hungarian Art Teachers’ Association and continue the monthly workshops of the Network of Master Teachers of Art. We will continue to identify and mentor partner schools from all parts of Hungary and invite Hungarian minority schools outside of our borders to join our professional community.
We have submitted proposals for the major international conferences and symposia in our area (International Society for Education through Art - InSEA, World Alliance of Arts, European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction - EARLI – SIG 2: Verbal and Pictorial Learning). We continued our involvement in the European Network for Visual Literacy – ENViL and presented at their sessions at conferences organised at the University of Paris 1 – Sorbonne and the International Visual Literacy Association in Museum Leuven.
This research group initiated the organisation of the ELTE Conference on Arts Education and ELTE Workshop for Arts Education, providing a platform for all the major art forms taught in schools. Our group regularly present papers and exhibitions featuring the Moholy-Nagy Modules at the annual Hungarian Educational Research Conferences and at the conference of the International Visual Learning Lab of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Corvinus University Budapest..