Improving Generalist Teacher Education in the Arts

By Susanne Garvis and Rowena Riek.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Australian pre-service music training of generalist teachers is conceptualised as being inadequate. For the past 30 years, numerous studies have reported problems in three main areas of generalist teacher Arts education; lack of time given to arts teacher education; lack of confidence of pre-service teachers engaging with the Arts; and the influence of past experience on pre-service teacher engagement with Arts education. Few studies have examined the actual curriculum and pedagogy taught within Arts teacher education. The content taught within Arts subjects is important for future teacher engagement with the Arts. This study hopes to fill this void by investigating content taught in generalist teacher Arts training at tertiary institutions. It will provide a content analysis of current Arts teacher education programs in Queensland that is available for generalist teachers. This paper will show that greater understanding of the content in Arts teacher education programs will ensure pre-service teachers have access to quality learning experiences. Through quality learning experiences, pre-service teachers can develop a life-long learning approach for music education in the classroom.

Keywords: Arts, Teacher Education, Experience

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.159-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.883KB).

Dr. Susanne Garvis

PhD Student and Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The main focus of my work at the University of Queensland has been the professional development of pre-service teachers. My research and teaching interests include teacher education and arts education, with a particular interest in music. I am currently undertaking a PhD study into the development of beginning teacher self-efficacy beliefs in arts and music education.

Rowena Riek

PhD Student, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Rowena Riek has worked in arts education as a teacher for over 24 years. During this time, she has been involved in many projects in the performing arts in schools. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Griffith University, Mount Gravatt. Rowena is undertaking a longitudinal study exploring what is valued in education generally, then in the context of the Arts (music, dance, drama, visual arts and media). The research will examine how values are influenced by other over arching policy agendas.


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