Teacher education and partnerships with galleries: What do pre-service teachers think?

Partnerships with cultural organisations such as galleries and museums are under utilised by teacher education programs in Australia (Abeles, 2004; Bybee, 2001; Falk, 2001; Lemon& Garvis, 2014; Nichols, 2014; Wilson, 2004). Cultural organisations are community assets that offer a range of rich and diverse learning resources and programs for learners encompassing all levels of education (Eames & Coll,…

Twitter, pre-service teachers and their thoughts on use

I’m writing a book chapter at the moment that celebrates pre-service teachers use of Twitter while studying visual arts as a part of their teacher education studies.  I thought I would share some of the findings that I will share in the publication to  get your response. I have been exploring the data through Wenger’s (1998, 2000) Community of Practice framework. The…

Perceptions of Pre-Service Teachers Value of Art Museums and Galleries

Art museums and galleries provide many educational opportunities for generalist classroom teachers to engage in learning experiences with students. Beliefs about engagement with art museums and galleries can begin in teacher education programs. This paper explores the beliefs of pre-service teachers in a Bachelor of Education (primary) program in the state of Victoria, Australia, about…

Pre-service teacher self-efficacy of arts education across Australia

Arts education is part of the new National Curriculum for Australia and with its scheduled for implementation for 2014 there is a clear message being sent that generalist primary school teachers need to be capable and confident to teach all of the arts areas. There is however several issues sounding this vision, not at least…

Knit one, pearl one.

The art of knitting has widely been talked about as being therapeutic. In the learning and teaching space it is an activity I like to use to encourage problem solving skills, focus, peer teaching, positive appreciations and confidence in completing a piece of textile based art work. Just recently I worked with a group of…

SKETCHING IDEAS OF THE ARTS CLASSROOM – BLOGGERS IDEAS

There is something in the universe. I have been thinking of sometime about sharing great art teacher blogs I have come across, and just last night @mesterman sent me a tweet about the very topic. Ironic! So check these blogs out that I have been following, they are not a comprehensive list but they are…

Starry Ideas: What has caught my eye while learning to STOP!

I just read Thesis Whisperers latest post about Why do academics work so much? And I couldn’t help but find myself nodding at pretty much everything at that Inger wrote. I too have an extended break (but not because I’m transiting positions across universities).  I had the joy of having all of December and early January…

Starry ideas:Things I gave a star to in the past week

In recent times I have begun reading Daniel Pink’s book called A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future. I’m only just beginning but something that he writes early on triggered me to think about the information we access – the how, why, when, from whom. But most of all, the amount of…

Drawing as a way to see

I love the idea of drawing; not just because I’m a lover of the arts but because by focusing on my drawing I improve my observation skills. I’m also an advocate of drawing as a way to communicate ideas, reflections and voice. The very art of drawing assists one in refining how they see. Observational drawing specifically encourages…

Top 10 must remember when inviting young people to be photographers of their learning

I’m a huge advocate of young people as capable photographers. The digital camera becomes an accessible, handheld and portable digital technology that assists the young people to be photographers of their observations. Situated in learning environments across multiple sites, the possibility of the digital camera to be a technology that supports alternative ways of reflection,…

Kids with cameras

In 8 days I’ll have the pleasure of watching 27 primary aged children, 12 parents, 2 teachers, and 3 gallery education staff  come together in a partnership that celebrates kids with cameras. Our destination is the National Gallery of Victoria (@ngv_melbourne). I’m pumped! The young people are excited! And the educators are fascinated! Sounds crazy…