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Arts for Sustainability: Teachers’ Perspectives of Intersections between Education for Sustainability and Arts Learning


Emery, S, Arts for Sustainability: Teachers' Perspectives of Intersections between Education for Sustainability and Arts Learning, What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan and J Fielding-Wells (ed), Netherlands, pp. 327-339. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-6300-524-1_28


Issues of sustainability are real and an increasingly prominent part of children's life experiences. Accordingly, education for sustainability is a highly relevant and growing field in the formal education sector, particularly since sustainability is now embedded as a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum. This chapter explores teachers' perspectives of intersections between the fields of education for sustainability and arts learning and considers the affordances each field offers the other.

Results are presented from a pilot study conducted with a small number of teachers who participated in an education for sustainability professional learning event hosted by the University of Tasmania in 2013. In interviews conducted after the event participating teachers shared their classroom experiences, elaborating upon a range of connections they perceived between sustainability education and arts learning.

The findings of this study are discussed in relation to key discourses within the fields of arts education and sustainability education. Inter-relationships between the two fields lead to an emergent conceptualization of arts for sustainability. The chapter concludes with calls for further research in this area to more fully explore the pedagogical synergies between arts-rich learning and sustainability education.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:arts education; sustainabiity; pedagogy; inquiry; teaching
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
ID Code:110913
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2016-08-23
Last Modified:2017-11-19

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