Expanding opportunities in teacher education: Connecting visual arts teachers with community via distance

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Initial teacher education has a critical role in preparing future teachers. In an era of increasing distance education, an additional challenge is to effectively prepare pre-service teachers who connect with higher education in an online environment. The diversity of the higher education student cohort studying by distance is significant and can easily be rendered invisible through the ‘facelessness’ of digital technology. In addressing this challenge, this chapter outlines an innovative program undertaken in two secondary visual arts curriculum subjects delivered in distance mode in a graduate-entry teaching course. The innovation models a practice-based partnership involving higher education and community and culminates in a professional student exhibition. Outcomes include: positive student experience; high levels of achievement; increased civic consciousness and involvement; meaningful integration of cross-curriculum perspectives; and sustained focus on teaching practice. The program provides an example of an integrated use of technology to enhance university teaching and learning with the aim of informing future K-12 educational possibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevolutionizing Arts education in K-12 classrooms through technological integration.
EditorsNarelle Lemon
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781466682726
ISBN (Print)9781466682719
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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