Partnering with community to develop student-teachers' understanding of art's cultural connections
Dinham, J. and Wright, P. R. (2006) Partnering with community to develop student-teachers' understanding of art's cultural connections. In: International InSEA Congress 2006, 1 - 5 March 2006, Viseu, Portugal
If we want our emerging art educators to embrace an approach to art education that acknowledges the cultural significance of art, it behoves teacher education courses to demonstrably do likewise. In Western Australia, two universities have successfully implemented programs that provide the opportunity for student-teachers to have direct professional experience of the broader cultural and community context within which art education occurs. These programs require student-teachers to utilise their art and education skills to undertake specific relevant projects in partnership arrangements with a range of art and community organizations. The feedback from student-teachers and their hosts is routinely positive. Recent research has also shown that partnership arrangements are one of the hallmarks of good quality art education (Bamford 2005), so the use of partnerships in teacher education provides good modelling for these future art teachers too. This presentation will outline the principles of these teacher-education innovations and showcase several student-teacher projects.
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