Arts Education Partnerships in Australia: Spaces and Places for Teaching and Learning

By Dawn Joseph and Helen Champion.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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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

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 8, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 24, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 363.659KB)).

Dr. Dawn Joseph

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Dawn Joseph is a senior lecturer in music and education studies in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She is currently responsible for teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is the course director of the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts. Dawn researches, publishes and reviews in national and international journals in the areas of teacher education, African music, cultural diversity and multiculturalism. She is a national committee member of the Australian Society for Music Education and is deputy chair for the Victorian chapter.

Helen Champion

Curriculum Manager, Performing Arts, Arts Curriculum and Assessment, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Helen Champion manages arts curriculum and assessment across the primary and secondary years of schooling in Victoria, Australia. A former classroom music educator, Helen is also supporting development of Australian Curriculum: The Arts by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Authority. Helen's interests include the possibilities of digital technologies for teaching and professional learning in 21st century education.