New maps of learning for quality art education: what preservice teachers should learn and be able to do

Felicity McArdle

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Abstract

It would be a rare thing to visit an early years setting or classroom in Australia that does not display examples of young children's artworks. This practice serves to give schools a particular 'look', but is no guarantee of quality art education. The Australian National Review of Visual Arts Education (http://www.australia It would be a rare thing to visit an early years setting or classroom in Australia that does not display examples of young children's artworks. This practice serves to give schools a particular 'look', but is no guarantee of quality art education. The Australian National Review of Visual Arts Education (http://www.australia council.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/36372/NRVE_Final_Report.pdf, 2009) has called for changes to visual art education in schools. The planned new National Curriculum includes the arts (music, dance, drama, media and visual arts) as 1 of the 5 learning areas. Research shows that it is the classroom teacher that makes the difference, and teacher education has a large part to play in reforms to art education. This paper provides an account of one foundation unit of study (Unit 1) for first year university students enrolled in a 4-year Bachelor degree program who are preparing to teach in the early years (0-8 years). To prepare pre-service teachers to meet the needs of children in the twenty-first century, Unit 1 blends old and new ways of seeing art, child and pedagogy. Claims for the effectiveness of this model are supported with evidence-based research, conducted over the 6 years of iterations and ongoing development of Unit 1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Educational Researcher
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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