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Seeing the bigger picture: investigating the state of the arts in teacher education programs in Australia


Barton, G and Baguley, M and MacDonald, A, Seeing the bigger picture: investigating the state of the arts in teacher education programs in Australia, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38, (7) Article 6. ISSN 0313-5373 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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There is extensive research that shows how the arts provide many benefits for all students yet there is evidence that arts education offerings and experiences are decreasing across both university and school sectors. It is important that we recognize the essential role of teacher educators in preparing pre-service teachers to be aware of the ‘bigger picture’ of arts education before beginning their work with students. Drawing on interview data from eight tertiary arts educators, this paper will provide a timely national snapshot view of their perceptions. It explores their experiences as arts educators in higher education contexts in regards to the ‘state of the arts’ at their respective institutions. Together with a narrative inquiry approach, this research investigates deeper, lived experiences of the authors in relation to their experiences as arts educators and offers suggestions for improvement to arts education in teacher education programs.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
ID Code:85632
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-24
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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