Preamble Early evening, 23rd May 2017. The Victoria University’s Metro Centre on Nicholson Street in Footscray and the Mitchell Institute is hosting an address by Professor Yong Zhao, who the Institute has appointed a Professorial Fellow for his work focusing on the implications of globalisation and technology in education. The topic is “In an era … Read moreReflections On Visiting Wooranna Park Primary School
The whole school plan presented by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority shows how the primary school curriculum still provides Visual and Performing Arts through specialist instruction. However, are surrounded by literally thousands of articles, blogs and dozens of reports and books on that advocate accessing Drama and The Arts for every primary student in every Australian school through generalist teachers become more arts aware. How should this come about? In this blog, I look at the important work of Professor Robyn Ewing and ask will her vision of an unrealised arts education potential ever be realised in the current climate in which we are re-defining the relationship between generalist and specialist in more than the Arts in primary schools.
The ‘battle’ to give every child an arts education for those of us who have been working in drama education since the 1970s and 80s has meant joining with colleagues to advocate for resources, funding and formal recognition of drama and other performing and visual art forms. The need to act as advocates for the value of arts and drama education, however, has not subsided.
I find the categorisation of people into ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers’ rubbish: depending on the context, you can be damned or praised for being either. More significantly, the separation diverts us from dealing with a more important question of how thoughts and actions are inevitably, even if inexplicably, related. According to cognitive linguists George Lakoff and … Read moreThinking & Doing Are NOT Separate Things
The 1998 primary arts publication I worked on, which brought together a number of cross-curricular arts project for primary schools, is pictured on the right. Five arts education associations in Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts commissioned the resource, and it was my role as chair of the joint committee to oversee the collection and to … Read moreGoing To A Rainforest With Six-Year-Olds
What do you think the phrase ‘doing the basics’ means? A debate rages on what constitutes essential knowledge and skills at every level of schooling – from early years to higher education. I want to propose that the arts sector has the ability to shift the debate by showing how there is no knowledge, skill or process more fundamental to teaching & learning than the elements that form the performing and visual arts.