Pedagogy, Programs, Projects and Partnerships
Eltham is a thriving Arts community. Eltham High School is a non- selective state school that has gained a National reputation for excellence in the Arts. Within this atmosphere of cultural vibrancy the school has shown a deep commitment to enhancing learning opportunities, educational outcomes and creative partnerships by utilising the artistic capital in the community. The study will illuminate one school’s successful practice to make sense of its social and educational context. It is a story of vision, energy and focus to formally recognise culture and reach agreement about the values that guide the ethos of the whole school community. Furthermore it will outline the range of strategies employed to enrich Secondary School Art Education with a strong community base in order to support innovative initiatives in Arts education across the globe.
||Art Education, Visual Art, Schooling, Teaching
International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.109-130.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound).
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.641MB).
Leading Teacher (Arts), Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Eltham High School, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Linda McLeod has been a teacher of Art and Design in Secondary Schools for 30 years, 25 of these at Eltham High School where she is currently the Teaching and Learning Leader (Arts). She has been an active member of Visual Communication Victoria and has presented at annual conferences. Linda has been innovative in her approach to the teaching of Art and Design and has taken full advantage of the vibrant Art Community surrounding the school and its history. During the past five years she has been involved in University of Southern Queensland IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools) Project and is currently participating in a Research Project to evaluate this initiative. In 2008 she presented ‘Revitalization -Reinterpreting Roles and Responsibilities’ at the National IDEAS learning forum at the University of Southern Queensland and presented ‘Collective Efficacy – Building a Purposeful Community’ at the Australian Education Union Principal’s Conference.
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