|Published online: January 24, 2014||$US5.00|
The arts over the centuries have continued to pervade, direct and define our societies. In Australia, they are seen as an important and influential mechanism of pedagogies. In arts education students explore and express their identity and build understanding of their worlds through learning by doing and social interaction. This long-established position is endorsed by contemporary arts education pedagogies that encourage students to look, listen, learn, think, and work as artists in new places and spaces. The forthcoming Australian Curriculum: The Arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts) will require consideration of the students’ own cultures and the cultures of their communities, region, and the wider world. Interaction between the students and the wider arts community are central to this approach. Using narrative inquiry, reflective practice, and document analysis as our methodologies, we describe ways of seeing, knowing, and learning between artists, students, schools, education authorities, and universities in the Australian state of Victoria. The authors contend that collaborative partnerships take many forms and provide opportunities for exploration of pedagogies that foster strong relationships between arts education and the arts industry.
|Keywords:||Arts Education, Community, Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning|
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Curriculum Manager, Performing Arts, Arts Curriculum and Assessment, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia