Against the background of educational change following the institution of a new government in the Republic of South Africa and the resulting change in the curricula for B. Ed. students, the Revised National Curriculum was studied in depth. Opportunities for rich and varied learning to take place through the arts are possible through the use of the new curriculum.
Learning is discussed and learning in the Arts is the focus. The rich variety of learning possible through Visual Arts education is scrutinized as it can affect the entire development and learning of children.
The various aspects of development, namely the Cognitive, Aesthetic, Perceptual, Emotional/ spiritual, Manipulative/physical, Social, and Entrepreneurial/vocational receive attention.
Attention is then given to variations in learning. The NCS and the possibilities for a variety of learning to take place, is discussed. Emphasis is given to visual literacy, the arts in cultural context and the arts and popular culture. The complications and possibilities that are encountered receive attention, while the study that is undertaken gets explained and findings after the conducted case studies will be shared. The paper ends with a positive vision for the future, which could lead to a rich and varied learning experience through Arts and Culture in schools in the RSA.
|Keywords:||LearningVariations in Learning, Cognitive, Aesthetic, Perceptual, Emotional/Spiritual Manipulative/Physical, Social, Entrepreneurial/Vocational, Arts and Culture, Arts and Popular Culture, Visual Literacy|
Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
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