Community support for teacher learning in visual art
This completed project investigated whether visual art education expertise found within cultural centres can effectively develop newly trained primary school teachers’ confidence in teaching visual art.
Over a two‐year period, 12 provisionally registered teachers were supported by four cultural centres, where eight workshops were held (one workshop per term). The impact of this workshop programme on a teacher’s confidence in teaching visual art was measured using survey data, interviews and focus groups. Results showed that:
- Developing confidence in teaching visual art requires hands‐on experience in visual art activities.
- Effective communities of practice encourage reflection about visual art teaching practice and enhance expertise.
- Visual art supports the teaching of other curriculum areas
- Visual art in the classroom helps to develop children’s creativity.
This project illustrates the critical role cultural centres can play in the ongoing professional
development of teachers across a range of disciplines, including the teaching of visual art.
This project was launched at Pataka in July 2012
- art educators
- teacher trainers and educators
- cultural centres and artists
- senior managers and leaders in education
William Taylor – Raroa Normal Intermediate School
Margaret Tolland – Pataka
- Bowell, I. (2010). Community support for teacher learning in visual art. Fifth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Sydney.
- Bowell, I. (2010). Community support for teacher learning in visual art. The International Journal of the Arts in Society.5(3), 235‐246.
- Bowell, I. (2011). Community Support for Visual Art Education. ANZAAE Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.
- Bowell, I. (2011) Cultural Centres Supporting Teaching and Learning. World Education Research Association (WERA). Focal Meeting as part of the Taiwan Education Research Association International Conference on Education (TICE) Taiwan.
- Bowell, I. (2011). Supporting visual art teaching in primary schools. Journal of Art Education Australia. 34(2), 98‐118.
- Bowell, I. (2012). Community Engagement Enhances Confidence in Teaching Visual Art. Wellington, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa
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