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, … Continue reading Teacher education and partnerships with galleries: What do pre-service teachers think?
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 … Continue reading Twitter, pre-service teachers and their thoughts on use
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 … Continue reading Perceptions of Pre-Service Teachers Value of Art Museums and Galleries
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 … Continue reading Pre-service teacher self-efficacy of arts education across Australia
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 … Continue reading Knit one, pearl one.
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 … Continue reading Starry Ideas: What has caught my eye while learning to STOP!
Recently in a discussion with first year undergraduate Pre-Service Teachers' (PSTs) the situation of placement came up. In particular we discussed the things they wished they had known prior to going on placement in a school or educational setting. In retrospect reflecting on these things was easier now, as at the beginning of the year … Continue reading Gotta Go Stand Up and Be A Teacher: 50 Things Pre-Service Teachers Should Know