Articles and Abstracts
- Volume 16 Number 1:
Muccio, L. S., Reybold, L. E., & Kidd, J. (2015). Researcher-portraitists: An exploration of aesthetics and research quality.
In this article, we critique the use of portraiture as a qualitative research method,
emphasizing the relationship between the fundamental aspects of portraiture and the
recurring themes of research quality associated with alternative qualitative inquiry.
To accomplish this goal, we conducted a study of culturally responsive practices of
three first-year teachers and analyzed the data using both constant comparison and
portraiture techniques. In addition to constructing poetic portraits of the teachers,
we examined the intersection of aesthetics and quality research, especially in
relation to researcher identity. The study-and subsequent critique of portraiture-
challenges critics who question the value and goodness of the method, the same
constructs emphasized by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot in her 2005 exposition of portraiture as a social science method. Further, we critique our own methodological
comfort zones, thus rejecting the either/or mentality of methodological
fundamentalism exhibited both outside and within the field of qualitative research.
- Volume 16 Number 2:
Groman, J. L. (2015). What matters: Using arts-based methods to sculpt
preservice teachers' philosophical beliefs.
This article outlines an activity that uses sculpture with pre-service teachers to
facilitate the creation and articulation of their educational philosophies. The author
describes the purpose and added benefits of this activity. A short review of relevant
literature embeds arts based practices in historical foundations as well as in a growing
current research base that encompasses depth psychology and holistic learning. A
description of the activity and prompt are provided and the article concludes with
thoughts on the benefits of using the arts in pre-service teacher classrooms.
- Volume 16 Number 3:
Henry, C., & Costantino, T. (2015). The role of cross-cultural experience
in art teacher preparation.
Current research indicates that within the United States, many preservice teachers are
not prepared to work with a rapidly changing student population that includes an
increasing number of immigrant students with limited proficiency in English (Giambo
& Szecsi, 2005/2006; Janzen, 2008; Latta & Chan, 2011). This article presents
findings from a longitudinal qualitative study that examined the semester-long
experiences of preservice art education students who participated in The University of
Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy program from 2003 to 2006, providing
sequential art instruction to Italian children who were not English speakers. In 2010,
we conducted follow-up interviews to better understand the potential long-term effects
of this experience. Our findings indicated this experience gave the art education
students increased cultural understanding and greater confidence in their teaching, and
provided a foundational experience that they believed would help them be more
successful in working with English Language Learners (ELLs) in the future.
- Volume 16 Number 4:
Castro, J. C. (2015). Visualizing the collective learner through
Understandings of decentralized networks are increasingly used to describe a way to
structure curriculum and pedagogy. It is often understood as a structural model to
organize pedagogical and curricular relationships in which there is no center. While
this is important it also bears introducing into the discourse that decentralized
networks are also dynamic. These dynamics have been observed in nature, social
behavior, and are now coded into the algorithms of social media. As art educators
utilize social media to support teaching, it is important to consider the dynamics of
decentralized networks and how they can influence attention and learning of a
collective learner. This paper presents a method for visualizing ideation and attention
drawn from an empirical study of social networking with teens in an art classroom.
The visualizing of these dynamics provides art educators a method of reflecting on
teaching and learning to better challenge assumptions, observe trends, and respond to
the individual and the collective learner.
- Volume 16 Number 5:
McMahon, A., Klopper, C., & Power, B. (2015). Excellence in arts based
education - One school's story.
This article reports on the implementation and outcomes of a visual art pilot
program undertaken at Connell State School in creative partnership with a research
team from Griffith University's School of Education and Professional Studies.
Employing a framework of the four lenses developed by Seidel et al. (2009) -
(learning, pedagogy, community dynamics and environment), this article
investigates the notion of excellence as understood by decision makers associated
with the pilot programs design and implementation.
- Volume 16 Number 6:
Dunn, J., Bundy, P., & Stinson, M. (2015). Connection and commitment:
Exploring the generation and experience of emotion in a participatory drama.
Emotion is a complex and important aspect of participatory drama experience. This
is because drama work of this kind provokes emotional responses to both actual and
dramatic worlds. This paper identifies two key features of participatory drama that
influence the generation and experience of emotion: commitment and connection.
These features are discussed and then applied to create a framework designed to
support facilitator understanding about the relationship between these features. The
framework is aimed at identifying how, at any given moment in a drama, the
intensity of commitment and connection impact on each individual participants
experience of emotion Based on research conducted across three different contexts
and with both children and adults, the authors suggest that an understanding of
emotion is critical for those who are engaged in facilitating participatory drama
- Volume 16 Number 7:
Ghanbari, S. (2015). Learning across disciplines: A collective case study
of two university programs that integrate the arts with STEM.
There has been some debate and research that suggests the arts are well-suited to be
combined with science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines making the
STEM acronym STEAM. STEM education is an educational and political priority
in the United States and is valued as a means of strengthening national security and
ensuring global competitiveness. The STEAM paradigm also emphasizes the
importance of STEM education, but argues that the arts have the ability to open up
new ways of seeing, thinking, and learning. This study aims to share student
learning experiences in two established university programs that integrate an arts
discipline with a STEM discipline. Student and alumni interviews are compared
within a collective case study methodology. Framed by principles of sociocultural
theory and experiential learning theory, this inquiry explores the role of arts
integration, collaboration, and experience centered learning in knowledge creation.
- Volume 16 Number 8:
Brown, R. (2015). Engaging families through artful play.
Emotion is a complex and important aspect of participatory drama experience. This
is because drama work of this kind provokes emotional responses to both actual and
dramatic worlds. This paper identifies two key features of participatory drama that
influence the generation and experience of emotion: commitment and connection.
These features are discussed and then applied to create a framework designed to
support facilitator understanding about the relationship between these features. The
framework is aimed at identifying how, at any given moment in a drama, the
intensity of commitment and connection impact on each individual participants
experience of emotion Based on research conducted across three different contexts
and with both children and adults, the authors suggest that an understanding of
emotion is critical for those who are engaged in facilitating participatory drama
- Volume 16 Number 9:
Fels, L. & Ricketts, K. (2015). BodyHeat encounter: Performing
technology in pedagogical spaces of surveillance/intimacy.
What occurs when videographer and performer encounter each other through the
lens of a camera? This collaborative performative inquiry focuses on embodiment
and emergent narrative as realized through an encounter between technology and
the visceral bodya relational body that smells, touches, sees, hears and feels the
emergent world through impulse and movement. Who performs whom as we
encounter each other through technology? Does our engagement with technology
limit our field of vision, or expand the pedagogical imagination? What we are
beginning to recognize is a paradoxical complexity; that within surveillance is an
unsuspected possibility of intimacy. With the rise in techno-mediated arts, arts
educators are offered curricular and pedagogical opportunities to reinvestigate the
performative encounters of those who create through and with technology.
- Volume 16 Number 10:
DeMichele, M. (2015). Improv and ink: Increasing individual writing fluency
with collaborative improv.
This article explores how short form/comedic improvisational theater impacts
the development of writing fluency. Students in all disciplines need to be
able to purposefully write, however by the time students reach high school many have
already given up trying to express even their own thoughts in free writing.
Two quasi-experimental action research studies in two school districts, one
urban and one suburban, were conducted to determine if the length of the
students writing would increase after exposure to a sequence of improv story-telling
and story-writing games. Data analysis revealed that both regular education and
special education populations showed increases in both their word and sentence
usage. The article examines how improvs collaborative nature supported by the
rule of Yes, and..., may addresses deficits in both social-emotional and literacy
skills that effect writing fluency.
- Volume 15 Number 1:
Warburton, E., Reedy, P., & Ng, N. Engaging families in dance: An investigation of moving parents and children together.
This article describes a relationship-based dance program, Moving Parents and Children
Together, and summarizes a 3-year study of teacher practice and parent-child
interactions. Our work focuses on "relational engagement" in dance, which entails a
person's basic motivation to connect plus a psychological investment in building
interpersonal skills. We adopt an action research perspective, take a mix-methodological
approach, and report on the design and use of a new measurement tool. We find evidence
that using an "engagement lens" to assess behavior influences positively dance
instruction and personal teaching practice. We also find general positive change in parent
and child average engagement scores in two areas, activity and interest. Case studies of
immigrant and multi-generational families show positive growth in, and increasing selfawareness
of, interpersonal attitudes and behaviors. Taken together, participants view
MPACT as a powerful vehicle for growing and nurturing relationships.
- Volume 15 Number 2:
Garnet, D. Recycling material culture: Environmentalism, free art supplies, and Artsjunktion.
Sometimes the small initiatives that school boards undertake can create a major and
lasting difference in the learning opportunities offered in the classroom. Almost
always these initiatives are championed by an individual or team whose efforts
determine their success or failure. The following historical account will highlight one
successful initiative by a school board and the champion who maintains its success.
The Artsjunktion is a space allocated by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for
businesses, organizations and individuals to donate their 'stuff' to be used in all areas
of the arts curriculum. This paper will touch on budgetary concerns, arts leadership
and environmental impacts, but most importantly this history will be a multi-layered
reconstruction of archival research, oral history, and material culture.
- Volume 15 Number 3:
Carter, M. R., & Irwin, R. L. Between signification and illumination: Unfolding Understanding a/r/tographical turn on practicum.
School associates (SAs), or cooperating teachers (CTs), have arguably been one of the most powerful influences on the teacher candidates (TC) pre-service experience. For this reason, most studies about the practicum have focused on this relationship. However, while observing one visual art students practicum as her Faculty Advisor (FA) for the University of British Columbia (UBC), the significance and impact of art making on the SA and TCs relationship was observed. Creating art was what emerged as the pivot that the practicum was focused on, rather than the traditional Apprenticeship or Mentor formula (Graham, 2006). This hybrid relationship underscored how a/r/tographic inquiry provided the opportunity for the SA and TC to create art, to discuss teaching philosophies and pedagogical practices, and to change the practicum performance into an extra-out-of the-ordinary event. This paper explores how art making, living inquiry and the condition of relationality affected the relationship between a teacher candidate and her cooperating teacher on practicum. Systematic questioning, observation and the collection of data through interviews, reflective narrative writing and art making were methods used for understanding the a/r/tographical relationship that developed between the two participants. An analysis of the critical incidents that depicted how inquiry in the form of art making and collegial conversations strengthened this particular relationship and created reciprocity was then considered. In this way, we acknowledge how the practicum is an a/r/tographical event in which pedagogical and aesthetic relationality and inquiry initiate a long-term commitment to becoming as artists, teachers and researchers. Theoretically, this sense of becoming is understood and discussed through Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattaris (2007) interpretations and extensions of Antonin Artauds (1975) Body without Organs (BwO) conceptualization into what they call poles that swing between moments of immanence and signification. What is argued in this paper is that becoming an arts-teacher is a complex process that requires a continual shift and acceptance of multiple identities that may move between moments of signification and illumination. In this study, the shift from discussing the movement between signification and immanence (in Deleuze and Guattari) to signification and illumination is made because the authors felt that a greater understanding of ones teaching practice, art making and collegiality was understood during this research project but they did not feel as though it was possible to measure the participants metaphysical and immanent experiences. Rather, it is the movement between being and becoming an artist and an educator that brings deeper satisfaction to the TCs understandings of becoming pedagogical that is being explored.
- Volume 15 Number 4:
Kaimal, G., Drescher, J., Fairbank, H., Gonzaga, A. & White, G. P. Inspiring creativity in urban school leaders: Lessons from the performing arts.
This paper presents an analysis of how guided engagement with the arts can provide leadership lessons for school leaders and administrators. The study was conducted as part of two projects funded by the School Leadership Program (SLP) grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The principal interns and practicing school leaders participated in arts engagement activities (jazz ensemble, chamber orchestra, and tango dance) facilitated by teaching artists from the Maxine Green Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination. Participants attended experiential workshops with teaching artists, observed the art form and then listened to the process and techniques used by the artists. Data sources for the study included observations, reflective narratives and interviews with participants. These were analyzed using grounded theory methods. The findings indicate that guided engagement with the arts provide lessons to school leaders in the form of interdisciplinary analogies and metaphors. The narratives generated by artists and participants served as a bridge: building connections between leadership and artistic practice. The experience encouraged participants to: gain new perspectives on optimal contexts for learning, develop a nuanced understanding of leadership, move from abstract to concrete understanding of relational constructs, and feel empowered through trying new experiences. Implications of the findings, including translating the lessons into actual practice and the addressing the needs of participants who did not connect with the sessions, are also discussed.
- Volume 15 Number 5:
Collins, A. Neuroscience, music education and the pre-service primary (elementary) generalist teacher.
For three decades, research on training in music education for pre-service primary
(elementary) generalist teachers has consistently highlighted four main issues that
limit its effectiveness: 1) the influence of past experiences; 2) a lack of confidence 3) a
lack of musical competence and 4) limited time to address these issues in teacher
education courses. These issues have been addressed through different pedagogical
approaches that have been largely based on the aesthetic (intrinsic) value of music
education. The study reported in this paper aimed to advance this field of research
through a pedagogical approach that combined both aesthetic (intrinsic) and utilitarian
(instrumental) values of music education. Pre-service generalist primary teachers were
exposed to the neuroscientific research findings during a teaching intervention to
explore if a combination of aesthetic and scientific justifications affected the value
they placed on music education and their confidence and competence in teaching
music. The study found that exposure to the broader benefits of music education to
brain development heightened levels of confidence, commitment and responsibility for
the delivery of effective music education.
- Volume 15 Number 6:
Black, J. Model new media/video programs in arts education: Case study research.
As a result of cheaper, accessible, and user-friendly technologies, there is an increasing volume of videos created by children, yet these works often lack excellence. Strong pedagogical practice is important to nurture excellence in video production, but there is scant literature in this area. In this paper, I examine best practices through a case study of three outstanding, diverse Canadian new media/video art programs at the middle and secondary levels in which students consistently gained recognition. I specifically looked at background information on each school, the structure and pedagogical approaches of the programs, and the strengths of each program. Although I found that the three programs had different focuses, curricula, and teaching styles, the programs shared a project/content driven, student-centered curricula, combined with collaboration, and community outreach. The most significant of my findings was a focus on artistic and creative practices as opposed to technological ones to foster outstanding school video programs.
- Volume 15 Number 7:
Buchanan, H. J., & Hays, T. (2014). The influence of body mapping on student musicians' performance experiences
This qualitative study examines student musicians' perceptions of their
performance and development resulting from Body Mapping (BMG) technique.
BMG is a somatic (mind-body) education technique designed to teach musicians
skills in self-evaluation and change for performing with sensory-motor integrity. A
qualitative study guided by an interpretive framework was used to collect data from
undergraduate students and faculty at an American university. Data involved indepth
interviews, self-reflective journals, and course materials. The findings show
BMG played a multi-faceted role. The majority of the students reported a positive
experience, stating that BMG enhanced their ability for musical expression (e.g.
dynamics, phrasing, conveying emotional information), the ability to focus more
easily on elements contributing to expressive outcomes, and facilitated greater
personal confidence in being more musically expressive. The study discusses how BMG instruction can be used for enhanced technical and performance outcomes.
The research findings are relevant for musicians, educators, and health practitioners
in the field of music medicine.
- Volume 15 Number 8:
Bartleet, B-L., Bennett, D., Marsh, K., Power, A., & Sunderland, N. Reconciliation and transformation through mutual learning: Outlining a framework for arts-based service learning with Indigenous communities in Australia
Service learning is described as a socially just educational process that develops two-way
learning and social outcomes for community and student participants. Despite the focus on
mutuality in service learning, very little of this literature specifically deals with the intense
importance of mutuality and reciprocity when working with Indigenous community partners
and participants. This is problematic for Indigenous service learning projects that seek to
partner respectfully with Indigenous communities in Australia and elsewhere. To address this
issue, the paper draws on existing international literature and data from an Indigenous arts
based service learning project conducted in the Northern Territory of Australia to propose a
framework centred on relationships, reciprocity, reflexivity and representation that can be
adapted for future Indigenous service learning partnerships and research.
- Volume 15 Number 9:
Coats, C. Thinking through the photographic encounter: Engaging with the camera as nomadic weapon
This paper considers the photographic act as an affective and affirmative encounter - a
reflexive, embodied, and relational community engagement that may produce a
rupture in our habitual modes of thinking. The author uses the Deleuzo-Guattarian
concept of the nomadic weapon to consider how the camera may become an affective
trigger for self-reflexivity, catalyzing the potential of nomadic thinking in a
participatory frame. By transposing uses of photography as visual research method
across cultural geography, visual anthropology, sociology, and arts-based educational
research, the author discusses shifts in the function of photography from a practice
emphasizing image production to an embodied and performative approach to
community engagement. Using a photographic encounter with a local taco stand as an
example, the piece considers the pedagogical potential of engaging with unfamiliar
spaces as a participatory and reflexive photographic process.
- Volume 15 Number 10:
Risner, D. Gender problems in Western theatrical dance: Little
girls, big sissies & the "Baryshnikov Complex"
General education programs, in postsecondary institutions, provide a broad base of
learning in the liberal arts and sciences with common goals that prepare undergraduate
students for living informed and satisfying lives. In the United States, dance units in
public institutions, offering general education coursework for non-majors (dance
appreciation and history, dance studies, world dance), generate 50 percent of their total
credit hours per year from these courses (HEADS 2012). Rooted in the body, culture,
society, and performance, dance provides ample opportunities for investigating
gender. The purpose of this study was to develop an accessible, research-based essay
written specifically for and directed toward students enrolled in general education
courses in postsecondary dance by drawing upon qualitative data gathered from five
years of discussion board postings on the topic of gender compiled from the author's
courses. Student (n=312) narratives illuminate the complex relationships between
dance and gender, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
The essay, intended for student readers, concludes with additional discussion questions
- Volume 15 Number 11:
Pavlou, V., & Athanasiou, G. (2014). An interdisciplinary approach for understanding artworks: The role of music in visual arts education
In a world that is becoming increasingly more visual, there is a greater need to educate
children to better understand images. A school subject that deals directly with image
understanding is visual arts. This article discusses an interdisciplinary approach to
promote art understanding, within a multimodal environment that combines art and music.
The approach was tested with pre-service elementary school teachers (experimental and
control group). The target group is of special interest because, in many countries,
generalist-teachers and not art-specialists teach art in elementary schools. The
findings indicated that when art viewing was accompanied by musical stimulus
(experimental group), viewers/listeners were able to exhibit a variety of art-appreciation
skills and to move to elaborated responses to the artworks. The findings have implications
for teacher-training courses as they suggest ways of enhancing future teachers' art-appreciation
skills and set a framework for developing multimodal educational material for art
- Volume 15 Number 12:
Gemtou, E. (2014). Exploring the possibilities of postdramatic theater as educational means
This paper is based on an inquiry carried out among a small group of children
between the ages of 10 and 12 years, who, in the framework of an art-workshop,
attended two theatrical performances of the same subject, Homer's Odyssey, but of
quite different directorial approaches: the first performance had a narrative
character following the basic principles of the dramatic model, while the second one
belonged to the postdramatic paradigm that tends to subvert all traditional concepts
about the structure and the content of a theatrical act. The conversation that
followed showed that children have only to gain by their approach to
unconventional artworks, as they get stimulated to think in new and diverse
directions. As an informed instructor on philosophical and theoretical art-matters is
a prerequisite, this paper aims at the construction of a fundamental theoretical
framework for the postdramatic model and at the examination of the possibilities of
postdramatic performances to function both as carriers of information and as
stimulators of new kinds of aesthetic experiences, in an educative manner.
- Volume 15 Number 13:
Andrelchik, H. & Schmitt, R. (2014). Students' perception of success in the art classroom
Interested in learning about current perceptions of success held by high school
students, we carried out a qualitative research study in order to examine what
adolescents identify as success in different contexts. Through discourse analysis, we
found that the students' artworks served as a means to communicate their current
challenges, values, and goals. We also learned that the students often reflected the
messages about success that they received from society. Though they valued
personal expression in their artwork, students struggled in identifying art education
- Volume 15 Number 14:
Pelowski, M., Liu, T., Palacios, V., & Akiba, F. (2014). When a body meets a body: An exploration of the negative impact of social interactions on museum experiences of art
We consider the phenomenon of social interactions within the art museum, arguing
that even the bare possibility of meeting others or intruding into their gaze can have
a profoundly detrimental effect on art experience. This is done by tracing a finding
from our previous studies in which we considered three museum galleries--each
with the same artist's paintings and basic layout; the only major difference being
design elements within one space encouraging social interaction and in turn causing
repressed enjoyment, negative emotional experience and negative art evaluation.
We use this example as a frame for introducing a model of the psychological impact
of social interaction on the behavioral and cognitive experience of art, considering
its implications for education--which often focuses on the social--as well as
implications for personal or introspective art engagement. We also consider a
number of measures and aspects that relate to this model and which might be
considered by educators in their planning and art study. We conclude with a followup
study of the same gallery, after its physical renovation to minimize social
interactions within the space, and showing significant increases in pleasurable or
rewarding outcomes as well as increased positive evaluations of the same art.
- Volume 15 Number 15:
Gouzouasis, P., Bakan, D., Ryu, J., Ballam, H., Murphy, D., Ihnatovych, D., Virag, Z.
& Yanko, M. (2014). Where do teachers and learners stand in music education
research? A multi-voiced call for a new ethos of music education research
We offer a multi-voiced performance autoethnography where contemporary music
education practices are informed and imbued with the voices of teachers and learners.
By dialogically and musically engaging with the very people who live, make music,
and engage with learners in music classrooms, we promote contemporary qualitative
forms of research and the (re)conception of a sociology of music education as a
political and an ethical construction that needs to be grounded in serving communities
of music practitioners. Through a pedagogical story, told from the perspectives of
music teachers using their own voices, we begin an open conversation about the nature
of power structures and struggles in music education research. We invite new
possibilities in developing understandings of the complex socio-cultural dynamic of
music making, music learning, music teaching, and music researching in all facets of
contemporary society. By embracing a broader set of traditions--Arts-Based
Educational Research and Creative Analytical Practices--that enable us to go beyond
socio-cultural frameworks and orthodox beliefs that currently exist in the music
education profession, we seek to (re)form a culturally contextualized, ethos-rooted,
sociology of music education.
- Volume 15 Number 16:
Heydon, R. & O'Neill, S. (2014). Songs in our hearts: Affordances and
constraints of an intergenerational multimodal arts curriculum
This qualitative case study examines the affordances and constraints of an
intergenerational multimodal arts curriculum that was designed to expand
communication and identity options for children and elder participants. The authors
drew on actor-network theory to conceptualize curriculum as a network effect and
refer to literature on multimodal literacy to discuss how interests, knowledge, and
the modes themselves (e.g., art and singing) influenced communication and identity
options in the curriculum. Focusing on singing, the findings indicate that the
affordances and constraints of the curriculum were created through a network that
included the participants and the materials of communication (e.g., musical
instruments). Art and talking supported singing as did the emergent curricular
model. The elders had mixed prior experiences and facility with singing, however,
their desire to support the children engaged them in the practice. The curriculum
supported symmetrical relationships between participants, and the case adds to the
literatures on intergenerational programs, multimodal literacy, arts education, and
- Volume 15 Number 17:
Boulton-Funke, A. (2014). Narrative form and Yam Lau's Room: The
encounter in arts based research
In this paper, I consider "the encounter" (O'Sullivan, 2006) and conceptualizations
of subjectivity and identity proposed by post qualitative scholars (Jackson &
Mazzei, 2012; Lather & St. Pierre, 2013; Lenz Taguchi, 2012; MacLure, 2013; St.
Pierre, 2010) and contemporary art theory (O'Sullivan, 2006; 2012) to attend to the
potentialities for visual arts-based research to provoke rather than represent thought.
Traditional narrative inquiry is critiqued as affirming representational thought while
the methodological implications of duration will be explored as a psychical site for
new thought creation. I draw on my encounter with Canadian artist, Yam Lau's
film/CG animation, Room (2004) and the works of Deleuze and Guattari to critique
the narrative form and persistent humanist notions of subjectivity in qualitative
research. I argue for the potentiality of the encounter in creating conditions for an
affective disruption to perceptions and suggest future implications for arts-based
educational research and pedagogy with secondary teacher candidates.
- Volume 15 Number 18:
Morawski, C.M., Hayden, K., Nutt, A., Pasic, N., Rogers, A., Zawada, V. (2014). A gallery of multimodal possibilities in a graduate course on learning differences in education
Pertinent research literature recognizes the importance of using multimodalities to
enhance and extend ways of learning across the curriculum in such subject areas as
literacy, geology, media studies, physical education, social studies and disabilities
studies. As an action researcher who constantly seeks ways to improve my own
classroom practice, I offered multimodal opportunities to the students in my graduate
class on learning differences to enhance their capacity to participate in both in-class
and out-of-class assignments. Five students representing the areas of nursing,
counseling, arts education, and classroom teaching, accepted my invitation to express
a major assignment--a personal narrative on learning differences in multimodal
forms. With feelings and thoughts ranging from skepticism to inspiration, these five
students placed themselves in the vulnerable and risky space of the unknown and
represented the theoretical and practical aspects of their narratives via sculptures,
beaded canvases, a book of collage art and an assemblage of popular culture. Each
student created a unique work woven together from prior experiences, significant
readings, and specific theoretical underpinnings. They all agreed that the use of
multimodalities encouraged them to draw on various elements of personal resources,
such as emotion and imagination, to reconsider learning difference as a
multidimensional and fluid concept. The possibilities for multimodal learning in a
graduate class allowed students to hear, see, and feel each of their positions on
difference while also examining collectively their individual expressions of learning
differences in education.
- Volume 15 Number 19:
Gershon, W. S., & Ben-Horin, O. (2014). Deepening inquiry: What processes of making music can teach us about creativity and ontology for inquiry based science education
Drawing from their respective work at the intersection of music and science, the coauthors argue that engaging in processes of making music can help students more deeply engage in the kinds of creativity associated with inquiry based science education (IBSE) and scientists better convey their ideas to others. Of equal importance, the processes of music making can provide students a means to experience another central aspect of IBSE, the liminal ontological experience of being utterly lost in the inquiry process. This piece is also part of burgeoning studies documenting the use of the arts in STEM education (STEAM).
- Volume 15 Number 20:
Schroeder-Arce, R. (2014). Toward culturally responsive artistry: Implications for institutions, artists, educators and audiences
In 2012, the Austin Independent School District reported that over 60 percent of its students identified as Hispanic. However, the number of theatrical offerings for children including Latino stories or Latino/a characters on Austin stages is staggeringly disproportionate to the number of Latino children living in the community. Mariachi Girl is a new bilingual Spanish/English musical for child audiences. This paper articulates and analyzes research findings from surveys collected from children, teachers, and care givers who saw the production. The paper introduces the term culturally responsive artistry and offers new perspectives and suggestions on how arts institutions and theater educators can form lasting relationships with minority communities.
- Volume 15 Number 1:
Bresler, L., Grauer, K., & Powell, K. (Guest Eds.). (2014). In Memoriam - Elliot Eisner.
The International Journal of Education and the Arts invited Professor Eisner's former students,
his colleagues and mentors, and others inspired by his teaching, friendship and scholarship to submit
substantive remembrances, photographs, or video clips for inclusion in this memorial to Elliot W. Eisner.
Dr. Eisner was an intellectual leader in the fields of arts education, curriculum studies, qualitative and
arts-based research, and beloved mentor to many of those whose work has appeared in this journal.
- Volume 15 Number 2:
Blumenfeld-Jones, D. & Prendergast, M. (Guest Eds.). (2014). Special issue: What does it mean to have an N of 1? Art-making, education research and the public good.
This special issue examines/questions the present state of Arts-Based Educational Research [ABER] work in three dimensions. The first of these dimensions is a tendency within ABER practice for researchers to focus on their own lives as the central "data" of the work (thus, an N of 1). The second dimension deals with considering the public good as a driving force for education. Each author will conceptualize her/his vision of the "public good", art making and the interrelationship of these goals and practices within ABER. The third dimension raises the question of the place of education as a site of inquiry in ABER practice. We are asking: has ABER strayed from this interest and, if so, how and with what attendant consequences?
- Volume 15 Review 1:
Denmead, T. (2014). Dialogue and democracy through museum education: A review essay
A key attribute often proposed for arts education is openness to multiple meanings and
perspectives. A point made by the late Elliot Eisner (2004), making and interpreting
art cannot presume that there is one "correct" answer. Yet how art educators approach
contextualized dialogue with students in ways that honors the meaning of art and art m
aking as "multivoiced" remains a daunting task. To contend with this complexity,
Dialogue-Based Teaching: The Art Museum As a Learning Space provides an invaluable
resource for arts educators. This well-designed book, replete with images in color,
provides thick descriptions and useful interpretations of museum educators who offer
workshops for primary, secondary, and tertiary students in seven different museums in
Copenhagen, Denmark. The authors' aim is to promote dialogue-based teaching that gives
mutual life to different ideas, includes all students regardless of backgrounds and
skills, and is varied in its form. Although its focus is on museum education, these
insights are transferable to multiple arts educational settings including school classrooms.
- Volume 14 Number 1:
Gouzouasis, P., Irwin, R. L., Miles, E., and Gordon, A. Commitments to a community of artistic inquiry: Becoming pedagogical through a/r/tography in teacher education.
The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate how a/r/tography is uniquely situated to enact, develop, and problematize 'becoming pedagogical' in an arts-based cohort in a teacher education program. This particular study purposefully grapples with visual and performing arts, in an elementary teacher education program, as teacher candidates 'learn to learn' how to inquire through their disciplinary and interdisciplinary frames of mind. We take the position that arts-based research adds to the diversity and complexity inherent in understandings about education and pedagogy. This research was infused through principles of teaching, music and movement, and visual arts education classes at The University of British Columbia. To learn about adopting an a/r/tographic stance in their journeys of becoming teachers, teacher candidates were actively involved in arts-based research workshops, the development of an art exhibition, learning to infuse creative pedagogies across the curriculum, and sharing their arts-based research projects. Their art took the form of public performances with artistic (music, dance, drama, visual) representations of curriculum.
- Volume 14 Number 2:
Ivashkevich, O., & shoppell, s. Appropriation, parody, gender play, and self-representation in preadolescents' digital video production.
The authors discuss their participant observation study with the 10-year-old boy and 8- year-old girl who collaborated on making digital videos at home. Major themes that emerged from this research include appropriation of popular culture texts, parody, gender play, and managing self-representations. These themes highlight the benefits of video production for children and youth, which allows them to take on the roles of writers, producers, directors, actors, and editors in their own right and understand the inner workings of new media enterprise. It also offers them an opportunity to respond to and rework popular images, scripts, and characters; try on and enact multiple identities; and make important decisions about their self-representations.
- Volume 14 Number 3:
Kay, L. Bead collage: An arts-based research method.
In this paper, "bead collage," an arts-based research method that invites participants to
reflect, communicate and construct their experience through the manipulation of beads
and found objects is explained. Emphasizing the significance of one's personal
biography and experiences as a researcher, I discuss how my background as an artist
and art therapist influenced the development of this approach. I propose several
pedagogical applications of "bead collage," offer questions for consideration, and
suggest future directions for this method. I invite others to explore this, or similar
approaches drawn from their own experiences, to develop what Eisner (1995) and
Bresler (2006) describe as "artistically-crafted" and "aesthetically based" research.
- Volume 14 Number 4:
McCarthy, M. Children's spirituality and music learning: Exploring deeper resonances with arts based research.
The purpose of this paper is to examine children's spirituality from the
perspective of music learning, using arts based research as a mode of
inquiry. Six interrelated themes are chosen to explore the landscape of
music and children's spirituality and to evaluate the potential of arts
based research to inform the intersections between them: a landscape of
relational consciousness, soft boundaries and transitional spaces,
pilgrims on a journey, telling stories along the way, stories form a
collage, and transforming the self in/and the landscape. Resonances
between music learning, children's spirituality and arts based research
are strong, both in premise and possibility. Among them, the
epistemological scope of arts based research is broad and
accommodates non-verbal and non-dualistic ways of knowing that are
fundamental to spiritual and musical experience. Children's spirituality
is presented as centered in relational consciousness, musical meanings
are embodied in a set of relationships, and arts based research, with its
focus on reflection, multiple forms of representation and process, is well
suited to probing those relationships. The sensory and embodied
nature of musical experience juxtaposed with the contemplative and
sacred nature of spiritual experience can be captured within the realm
of arts based research.
- Volume 14 Number 5:
Anderson, M., Risner, D., & Butterworth, M. The praxis of teaching artists in theatre and dance: International perspectives on preparation, practice and professional identity.
This international study investigated the experiences and attitudes of teaching
artists whose work is rooted in theatre, dance, and closely-related disciplines.
Based on survey data from teaching artists working in Australia, New Zealand,
Southeast Asia, United Kingdom, and the United States (n=172), the paper
illuminates participants' perspectives on preparation, practice and professional
identity. Emergent themes include: (1) teaching artist training and preparation, (2)
work contexts and populations served, and (3) work challenges and obstacles.
Following discussion of key survey findings, three case studies based in higher
education settings in the USA, UK and Southeast Asia are presented. Hagman's
(2005) framework for multiple fields of subjectivity at work in aesthetic
experience is employed to illustrate the ways in which the intrasubjective, the
intersubjective, and the metasubjective fields of subjectivity inform each teaching
artist's practice and professional identity. The paper concludes with an analysis of
themes in light of current discussions on reflective practice and implications for
teaching artist "praxis".
- Volume 14 Number 6:
Rouhiainen, L., Hämäläinen, S. Emotions and feelings in a collaborative dance-making process.
This paper looks into the significance emotions and feelings can have in a
collaborative dance-making process. This is done by introducing a narrative
based on a dance pedagogy student's writings. They contain observations of
her experiences on being the facilitating choreographer in a dance-making
process involving a cross-artistic group of students in the performing arts.
The narrative we constructed highlights especially the emotional challenges
and insights that the student wrote about. In discussing the narrative, we
underline that creating collaboratively can be an emotionally and personally
deeply meaningful process - involving the construction of subjectivities,
relationships, ideas and outcomes. Emotions play an important part in social
communication but they likewise have a part to play in making aesthetic and
artistic judgments. As a conclusion, we argue that emotional literacy plays
an important part in artistic collaboration as does understanding the diverse
roles one assumes and relates to the other artistic collaborators with. Owing
to the open-ended nature of artistic work, in collaboration, understanding the
significance of enacted emotions entails a process of learning, as well.
- Volume 14 Number 7:
Blatt-Gross, C. Toward meaningful education: Investigating artful behavior as a human proclivity in the classroom.
Because students spontaneously exhibit aesthetic and rhythmic acts in the
classroom and human beings across the world have engaged in the arts for
thousands of years, this study argues that artful behavior represents an inherent
and significant human proclivity. Exploring the tension between the human
predisposition and the physical and mental limitations of traditional formal
education, this cross-disciplinary study seeks to understand how artful
behaviors might represent an intrinsic part of human nature and how such
proclivities might inform educational policy and practice. Based on an
ethological understanding of art (that is, as a behavior rather than an object),
this research employs an interpretivist lens and phenomenological design. Data
collection methods include observation, participant observation, and teacher
interviews in a pre-kindergarten and third grade classroom of an urban public
school system. Ultimately, this study aims to understand artful behaviors as
they are embedded in educational contexts with the intent of bridging the gap
between our natural inclinations for learning and the methods utilized in
- Volume 14 Number 8:
Mages, W. K. Building a strong ensemble of teaching artists: Characteristics, contexts, and strategies for success and sustainability.
This research analyzes the techniques, strategies, and philosophical foundations that
contributed to the quality and maintenance of a strong theatre-in-education ensemble.
This study details how the company selected ensemble members and describes the work
environment the company developed to promote collaboration and encourage actorteacher
retention. Specifically, this research documents the contribution of the directors
and actors in the ensemble-building process. This study, which identifies factors that
contribute to selecting, developing, and sustaining a successful ensemble, can serve to
inform theatre-in-education professionals as they strive to develop and improve their
ensemble-building practices and can inform other arts educators as they work to establish
and sustain collaborative communities of teaching artists.
- Volume 14 Number 9:
Cempellin, L. Embodying art and art history: An experiment with a class video happening for the series Access Denied.
A book written in a foreign language and migrated to the US along with its author, an
art historian, finds a new communicative dimension by becoming a ready-made for art
making purposes. Starting with an introduction explaining the genesis of the
collaborative project Access Denied, this article focuses on one of the series' artworks,
namely a video-happening, by exploring its genesis, development, and outcomes.
Staged during the day of finals in an advanced art history seminar, the experiment
provided an embodied artistic experience and some reflections on art history course
content in the debate that followed. The video happening became a basis for further
reflection in this essay on the role of performance in stimulating arts-based research at
the interstices between biography and scholarly inquiry, between art and art history,
between modernism and postmodernism, between object and action, and between
creation and destruction as the two opposite poles in modern creativity.
- Volume 14 Number 10:
Maguire, C., Mishook, J., Garcia, I., & de Gaillande, G. Creating
multiple pathways in the Arts: A New York City case study.
Increasingly, education policy makers understand the importance of students and
families having access to a range of high quality educational opportunities inside and
outside of school, 365 days a year. This paper explores the concept of multiple
pathways in arts education to further conceptualize and build upon such opportunities,
inside and outside the regular school day. Using a mixed-methods approach, we
examine the arts pathways schools provide for their students, the relationships that
exist between pathways and academic benefits, and the work of cultural and art
partners in supporting pathways. Implications for future research and arts education
policy are addressed.
- Volume 14 Number 11:
Louis, L. (2013). "No one's the boss of my painting:" A model of the
early development of artistic graphic representation.
This article reports on the most recent phase of an ongoing research program that
examines the artistic graphic representational behavior and paintings of children
between the ages of four and seven. The goal of this research program is to
articulate a contemporary account of artistic growth and to illuminate how young
children's changing understanding and execution of the graphic representational
task lead them to use paint in ways that might be termed "artistic." The
multidimensional model of "painting development" presented in this report,
informed by the findings of a longitudinal study, describes changes along three
parallel but functionally independent dimensions: symbolic intentions, pictorial
concepts, and expressive use of material.
- Volume 14 Number 12:
Blair, D. V. Narrative texture: The layering of voices in a
secondary classroom for learners with special needs.
In this paper I explore the layers of voices represented in a classroom of high school
students with special needs. As their guest music teacher, I learned about their
strengths and challenges, their teachers, and their engagement with music. Issues of
inclusion, access, privacy, and personal bias confronted me as I worked to construct
narratives that honored the students' story of school. To address, in particular, the
issue of bias, I explored representations of the data (Blair, 2010) in various formats
(Lather & Smithies, 1997; Smith, 2009) and considered the influence of formatting to
engage/disengage the reader (Barone, 1900, 1995). Here, I first share a narrative
written from the learners' perspective followed by a narrative layered with my voice as
the teacher-researcher. The metaphor of musical texture frames this paper and serves
to enable the reader a glimpse into the students' musical ideas within their
compositions as well as the multi-layered roles and perspectives within this special
- Volume 14 Number 13:
Song, Y. I. K., & Donovan, L. Where I'm from: Cultural exchange
through the arts and VoiceThread.
This paper discusses a cultural exchange project that is being conducted between
classrooms at the Songwon Elementary School in South Korea and the Lee School in
Massachusetts, USA. As its main communication tool between the students in the two
countries, this project uses VoiceThread--an audiovisual discussion tool that can serve as
an ideal match for specific learning and reflection tasks. Through the arts, media, and
technology elements that are embedded in this project, students in the two countries have
been sharing each other's cultures. The paper explores the progression of the work from
multiple vantage points--through an analysis of the role of authorship in students, the
power of poetry to illuminate nuance, and the opportunity that technology (VoiceThread)
provides to connect students across cultures despite geographic and cultural differences.
- Volume 14 Number 14:
Chin, C. Key dimensions of a multicultural art education curriculum.
In an effort to encourage further integration of multicultural curricula, this article aims
to detail several key dimensions of multicultural education, particularly as they apply
to art education. Drawing on Banks's (1994b, 1995b, 1996e, 2004) dimensions for
multicultural education, these dimensions include content integration, equity
pedagogy, knowledge construction and transformation, empowering school culture
and social structure, and prejudice reduction. Each dimension is explored in depth, and
how scholars in art education have addressed each of these dimensions is highlighted
within the article. Armed with the understandings offered within this paper, perhaps
art teachers will feel more versed and find greater comfort in attempting to incorporate
multicultural programming into their art curricula or to extend their existing
- Volume 14 Number 15:
Powell, K., & Serriere, S. Image-based participatory pedagogies:
Reimagining social justice.
As educators and scholars in social studies and art education respectively, we describe
two visual methods from our own research and teaching in pre-K to university settings
that are embedded in visual practices. We underscore their transformative potential by
using Maxine Greene's (1995) ideas of the education of perception as a critical means
for opening up a social imagination as well as contemporary theories of visual culture
in order to underscore the ways in which encounters with the arts may provoke and
transform our and others' understanding of the world. Specifically, we describe our
research and teaching with Image Theatre (Boal, 1985) and photo elicitation
techniques and discuss the ways in which each of these methods enacts different
aspects of the image and offers insights into pedagogical considerations and
implications for social justice. We frame these approaches as image-based
participatory pedagogies in which images are primary to renewed visions of possibility
and imaginative action.
- Volume 14 Number 16:
Manders, E. & Chilton, G. Translating the essence of dance: Rendering meaning in artistic inquiry of the creative arts therapies.
The authors used artistic inquiry to study intersubjectivity in a weekly, stimulated
creative arts therapy studio experience for one year. They found that the conversion of
meaning from the meta-verbal, imaginal, aesthetic language of dance and visual art
into verbal and textual discourse required complex translational processes. Personal
narratives are presented which identify some challenges faced in translation and
related data analysis. Strategies for building skills for translation of aesthetic material
are provided to assist those conducting future artistic inquiries.
- Volume 14 Number 17:
Russell-Bowie, D. Wombat stew: Enhancing self concept through an integrated art project.
With a growing emphasis in schools on academic achievement, which is strictly
limited to the core subjects of English, Maths, and Science, the arts offer a useful
and creative system of learning, implicit with their own diverse range of skills that
quite readily apply to everyday life and enhance children's self-concept. This paper
investigates the development of self-concept of children aged 8 - 12 years from
diverse social and cultural backgrounds in a low socio-economic area, as they are
involved in a quality Creative Arts program. Using Marsh's self-concept
questionnaire (SDQ1) for primary children, the study compares the development of
academic and non-academic self-concept in children involved in an integrated arts
program with those not involved in the program. Results indicated that overall, the
general self-concept of those students involved in the creative arts program
increased considerably more than that of the non-creative arts students.
- Volume 14 Number 18:
Barton, G. The arts and literacy: What does it mean to be arts literate?
The arts have often been recognised as unique areas of investigative inquiry, however artists often find it
difficult to articulate this meaning through words. This difficulty has impacted on discourse about the arts
and literacy despite growth of research on literacy in specific content areas. This paper will explore the
interconnection between artistic inquiry, literacy and multimodality via a literature review and by drawing
on interview data from higher and secondary education arts teachers. It notes that teachers of the arts view
literacy in two interrelating ways: a. reading and writing in their particular subject area and b. a deeper
disciplinary approach where students use these learnt skills and enter into the journey to becoming an artist
themselves. This paper therefore aims to determine the answers to: What is the relationship between the arts
and literacy? and What does it mean to be arts literate?
- Volume 14 Number 19:
Belluigi, D. Z. A proposed schema for the conditions of creativity.
Drawing from creativity and art research, this paper proposes a schema for the
conditions for creativity in fine art studio practice. Discussion focuses on how the triad
of creative person, artmaking process, and artwork is constructed, and the situating of
this creative triad within an enabling environment, which on a structural level includes
the curriculum, and on a cultural and agential level involves teaching and learning
relationships. An emphasis in placed on affective concerns, particularly the role of
uncertainty as an important part of the art student's learning experience.
- Volume 14 Special Issue 1: Bresler, L. & Andrews, K. (Eds.). Special Issue: Selected Papers from the Day of the Arts at the 8th Annual International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI)
- Volume 14 Special Issue 2: Hanley, M. S., Noblit, G. W., Sheppard, G. L., & Barone, T. (Eds.). Special Issue on the Arts, Education, and Social Justice
Lived Aesthetic Inquiries
- Volume 14 Review 1:
Belliveau, G. Playbuilding as qualitative research: A participatory arts-based approach: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Norris, J. (2009). Playbuilding as qualitative research: A participatory
arts-based approach. Walnut Creek, PA: Left Coast Press.
Norris' AERA award-winning book Playbuilding as Qualitative Research: A Participatory
Arts-Based Approach is a welcomed research text which makes a valuable contribution for
researchers, artists and educators interested in using theatre to engage in arts-based research.
His book comes at a time when a number of important international scholars interested in
applying theatre as a research methodology are sharing book length works: Judith Ackroyd &
John O'Toole (2010) Performing Research: Tensions, Triumphs and Trade-offs of
Ethnodrama; Tara Goldstein (2011) Staging Harriet's House: Writing and Producing
Research-informed Theatre; and Johnny Saldana (2011) Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to
Stage. These scholars respectively provide their valuable and insightful perspectives on
theatre's potential to inform/enhance research. For his part, Norris clearly articulates how and
why playbuilding (based upon collective creation) can be an insightful and valid approach for
researchers and artists to consider for their work.
- Volume 14 Review 2:
Blumenfeld-Jones, D. Reimagining the world, reimagining the self: Ethics, aesthetics, play and curriculum in the work of Margaret Latta.
Book Reviewed: Latta, M. M. (2013). Curriculum conversations: Play is the (missing) thing. New York & London: Routledge.
Margaret Latta has written an important new book on the place of play, hermeneutics, and aesthetics in relation to curriculum. I hope to demonstrate, in this review, many reasons to see her book as important.
In her book Latta provides a detailed and well-examined exploration of the relationship between these perhaps seemingly non-curriculum-entities (play, hermeneutics, and aesthetics) and curriculum itself. She does so in a complex image of "thinking curricularly" (to be discussed later in this review). In so doing she adeptly shows how play, hermeneutics, and aesthetics are crucial to the everyday life of classrooms. I think we must see a background context for her work: I would argue that learners, especially young learners, are consistently introducing playful responses to curricular prompts and offering interpretations of curricular experiences that are clearly hermeneutic in character. Learners, again especially young learners, readily think aesthetically even when not give the opportunity. Latta is arguing that teachers can take these offers, or not, but in not taking them up they truncate the learning opportunities that transcend the immediate curricular content. In taking those up teachers expand that curriculum into larger worlds of life and experience. Sadly, as Latta notes, teachers too often quash the "creative" responses of learners in favor of a more linear and boxed-in view of the curriculum that ignores the efforts the learner is making to explore her/his humanness and human potential. This book contributes to the possibility of shifting how curriculum is enacted.
- Volume 14 Review 3:
Christophersen, C. Future prospects for music education: Corroborating informal learning pedagogy: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Karlsen, S. & Väkevä, L. (Eds.). (2012). Future Prospects for Music Education: Corroborating Informal Learning Pedagogy. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 9781443836586.
While issues of informal learning, mainly connected to popular music teaching and learning, have been part
of Nordic classrooms for several decades; there have been few attempts of systematic academic exploration
of such matters. The book, Future Prospects for Music Education: Corroborating Informal Learning Pedagogy,
edited by Sidsel Karlsen and Lauri Väkevä, is an important contribution to a theoretical and
philosophical discussion of informal learning in music education. The editors recognize Lucy Green's works
on popular musicians' learning strategies (2001), and the implementation of such learning strategies in the
classroom (2008) as major influences for this book. Green's work is frequently discussed throughout the
book, and Green has in fact also written one of the chapters. The main theme of the book, however, is
informal learning, and how such learning strategies may inspire change in music education.
- Volume 14 Review 4:
Latta, M. M. Matters of relations.
Book Reviewed: White, B. & Costantino, T. (Eds.). (2013). Aesthetics, Empathy and Education. New York: Peter Lang.
Boyd White and Tracie Costantino gather contributing authors to form the co-edited volume,
Aesthetics, Empathy, and Education, documenting human beings' elemental capacities to seek
empathetic connections. Through varied perspectives and mediums, contributing authors
depict the ground empathy opens into as forming the generative terrain, the aesthetics of
human understandings that maps out the educative journey. Empathy as always in process is,
thus, never entirely achieved. In attending to this process character, authors included in this
volume collectively challenge how education is typically conceived and enacted.
- Volume 14 Review 5:
Andrews, K. Curriculum and the aesthetic life: Hermeneutics, body, democracy, and ethics in curriculum theory and practice: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Blumenfeld-Jones, D. (2012). Curriculum and the aesthetic life: Hermeneutics, body, democracy and ethics in curriculum theory and practice. New York: Peter Lang.
As the title suggests, Donald Blumenfeld-Jones' book Curriculum and the Aesthetic
Life: Hermeneutics, Body, Democracy, and Ethics in Curriculum Theory and
Practice addresses a broad range of topics including aesthetic education, curriculum
studies, dance and embodiment, social justice education, and identity. The breadth
of exploration in the book is broad; yet salient themes emerge, come to the
forefront, and at times recede only to resurface again in articles that have seemingly
different topics. One salient line of exploration is how experience and a practical
engagement can inform theory. Throughout the book, Blumenfeld-Jones uses his
experiences as a teacher/artist/dancer/performer as a litmus test to point out the
unexamined areas of theory; thus adding new dimensions of understanding and
inquiry. Integral to his work is revealing the inner, lived, and embodied dimensions
experience and how these can contribute to more just, holistic, and aesthetically
alive field of curriculum and education.
- Volume 14 Review 6:
Rech, L. Picturing research: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Theron, L., Mitchell, C., Smith, A., & Stuart, J. (Eds.). (2011). Picturing research: Drawing as visual methodology.
Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Those of us interested in articulating spaces where the arts meet research find ourselves in a healthy discourse
on practices and problems in the qualitative genre. What started with Elliot Eisner in the 1990's as educational
criticism has multiplied into a garden of diverse theories and methods; blurred genre, arts based research,
arts based inquiry, a/r/tography, scholARTistry, arts based educational research, etc. (Cahnmann-Taylor & Siegusmund,
2008). Barone and Eisner (2012) see arts based research as a tool to provoke investigation, re-presentation, and
disequilibrium. What is common to most approaches is the idea that the arts can articulate nuances in lived
experience over which academic language may stutter. In Picturing Research, editors/authors Linda Theron,
Claudia Mitchell, Ann Smith and Jean Stuart fluently illustrate ways in which drawing can be used as a research
tool in a variety of qualitative methods. They focus on studies in which researchers use drawing as vehicle for
participants to generate meaning or dialogue. With diverse backgrounds in education, language and literacy,
visual methodology, educational psychology, and feminist literary theory, their approach is distinctively
- Volume 14 Review 7:
Bjerstedt, S. Strong experiences with music: Music is much more than just music: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Gabrielsson, A. (2011). Strong experiences with music: Music is
much more than just music. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The objects of Alf Gabrielsson's study Strong experiences with music are
experiences and insights that exceed by far what is normally included in music
experiences. To a great extent, the many (over 500) experiences related in this book
are so intense that a reader often cannot avoid comparing them to her or his own
experiences with music. The multi-variety of character in music experiences is
viewed in relation to their dependence on a large number of both musical, personal,
and situational variables. With its rare combination of the richness of accounts of
extraordinary experiences, the sympathetic understanding and interpretation that
characterizes the reflective commentary, and its thoughtful and cautious scientific
analysis, this book provides a most powerful illustration of the profundity of the
question what music may do to us.
- Volume 13 Number 1:
Nevanen, S., Juvonen, A., & Ruismäki, H. Art education as multiprofessional collaboration.
In this article we explore the realisation of an art education project as multiprofessional cooperation.
The multiprofessional collaboration pair in this study consisted of an artist working together with a teacher.
This resulted in activities, which all actors, artists, teachers and administrators saw to be at an especially high level,
both artistically and to the practice of teaching. Actually they all thought that the targets, which were set to the project,
were clearly surpassed. At its best this working method connected artistic work with the pedagogic knowledge and experience
of the children's group work. The work required common planning, flexibility from the traditional methods and culture together
with a long-lasting timeframe, (1-2.5 year per each of the sub projects), which made it possible to try to develop new methods.
In setting the aims and evaluating the results, the artist's highlighted the artistic significance, while the teachers focused on
the instrumental values of art. In the end, both teachers and artists were satisfied with the results.
- Volume 13 Number 2:
Sanders-Bustle, L. Exploring narrative retellings to better understand the intricacies of service-Learning.
In this manuscript, the word "circumstances" serves as a conceptual lens through which to examine reflective vignettes of one university art educator and two art education undergraduates written in response to service-learning experiences at a local outreach Center for the homeless. Experiences included the design and teaching of art workshops to Outreach Center clients and the organization and exhibition of resulting artworks titled, circumSTANCES. The concepts, communal stance and shared circumstantial space are introduced and developed within the larger body of service-learning pedagogy. Participants' short narratives or vignettes are represented and examined to reveal the intracacies of circumstantial experience which include roles played, conflicts encountered, the emergence of communal stance, and actions taken.
- Volume 13 Number 3:
Thorne, M. M. The Destinee project: Shaping meaning through narratives.
Using narrative method in the form of journaling has the power to shape identity and relationships between teachers and students. This article reflects on such journaling and the process of writing poetry to create a space of understanding between two very different people who found themselves in the relationship of teacher and student. "The Destinee Project" is a collection of poetry based on my journaling and narrative inquiry as I seek to deal with the experience of transition of my school and the struggles of my students. In the past ten years, our school has transitioned from an affluent homogenous group to an extremely diverse urban Title I school. My interaction with Destinee and my reflection on our experience together has helped shape my approach to students and parents. I hope to inspire others to engage in journaling and experience the efficacy of writing about classroom experiences.
- Volume 13 Number 4:
Freeman, J. Drama at a time of crisis: Actor training, performance study and the creative workplace.
At a time when our graduates are facing a world of ever more perplexing change and
when funding for university arts is coming increasingly under threat, this paper is
perhaps a means of reminding ourselves of our subject's strength ... of its value to
university curricula and its clear contribution to the international creative economies.
In this sense, the following paragraphs are as much about sharing with colleagues
what it is that the study of performance does well as with making suggestions for
enhancement. Notwithstanding this, the article concludes by suggesting ways in
which deep approach learning can be applied to the study of performance, and its
argument throughout is that performance study and actor training are weakened by
boutique borrowing and the making of false promise.
- Volume 13 Number 5:
Miller, A. and Lambert, A. Comparing skills and competencies for high school, undergraduate, and graduate arts alumni.
This study investigates preliminary findings from the 2009 administration of the
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), comparing alumni perceptions of
institutional contributions to the development of skills and competencies across
high school, undergraduate, and graduate arts training programs. Responses from
4,031 arts alumni suggest significant differences between perceived skill
development contributions in the areas of artistic technique, communication skills,
social skills, personal growth, research skills, and technology skills. High school
alumni report significantly greater perceived institutional contributions to their
development of artistic technique, communication skills, social skills, and personal
growth. Graduate alumni report significantly greater perceived institutional
contributions to their development of research and technological skills. Potential
experiential and curricular reasons for these differences are discussed.
- Volume 13 Number 6:
Malin, H. Creating a children's art world: Negotiating participation, identity, and meaning in the elementary school art room.
Art making has been theorized as a way for children to develop the capacity to participate in social and cultural transformation. Yet, little research has been done to examine the role of art making in children's development as participants in society. This study used ethnographic methods to investigate children's art making in elementary school. Observations took place in one elementary school art room for one academic year. Children were interviewed, in small groups and individually, about their art making activity. In the art room, the children were found to be creating a community of art practice. This community of practice had implications for how the children were developing as participants within the community, and for how they made their school art making into personally meaningful activity.
- Volume 13 Number 7:
Countryman, J. Learning posts: A pedagogical experiment with undergraduate music education majors.
This article describes the effects of a year-long reflective writing assignment -
weekly Learning Posts - designed for students in an undergraduate music education
course. I created this assignment to cause students to regularly interrogate the
teaching and learning they experience in their own daily lives. This study's
research question emerged from critical reflection at the intersection of practice and
theory. Does a weekly requirement to describe and interpret a personal learning
experience encourage, over time, instances of significant learning (Fink, 2003). My
data sources consist of regular entries in my teaching journal monitoring the
assignment and post-course interviews conducted with four students. I identify the
positive potential of Learning Posts, improvements to enhance their effectiveness
and broader issues concerning the reflective writing we assign music education
students. The concept of self-authorship confirms the importance of reflective
writing for young adults and the notion of threshold concepts contributes a potential
- Volume 13 Number 8:
Chappell, K., Craft, A. R., Rolfe, L., & Jobbins, V. Humanizing creativity: Valuing our journeys of becoming.
In this paper we explore the relationship between creativity and identity in dance education. We consider how, when creating dance, young people can go on a 'journey of becoming'; how in the process of making dance, they are also being made. We draw on the Dance Partners for Creativity research, a qualitative in depth study of creative partnership practice in secondary level English dance education, to develop these ideas. Understanding the journeys of becoming within this research has helped us to refine the concept of 'humanising creativity'. This is an active process of change guided by compassion and shared values. It comes from people engaging in collaborative thinking and joint action to imaginatively develop new ideas which are valuable to them and their community. The research and conceptual development leads us to suggest that educationally, we might better recognise and value the journeys of becoming at the heart of humanising creativity, not only within dance but perhaps more widely.
- Volume 13 Number 9: Denmead, T. & Hickman, R. Viscerality and slowliness: An anatomy of artists' pedagogies of material and time.
This paper explores community artists' pedagogies in relation to time and material.
Thirteen unstructured interviews were conducted with eight artists under the auspices
of an organisation that facilitated community-based workshops in Cambridgeshire, UK
throughout 2011 and 2012. Concepts salient to the artists emerged, and six of the eight
artists were observed facilitating twenty workshops across five sites. We found that the
artists create conditions for open-ended enquiry across five dimensions: space, time,
material, body, and language. This paper focuses on one of these dimensions - that of
material, with reference to one other, that of time. We discuss artists' criteria for
workshop materials, including simplicity, slippage, immediacy, richness, and
ephemerality. We examine how the artists presented a 'limited palette' of select
materials, though provided each in abundance. And we interpret the artists using
materials to facilitate what they described as slowliness - an immersive, pleasure state
free from past prescription and future expectation.
Lived Aesthetic Inquries
- Volume 13 Lived Aesthetic Inquiry 1: Valle, J, & Connor D. Becoming theatrical: Performing narrative research, staging visual representation.
This article describes a collaborative project among the author of a book about
mothers and special education (based on a collection of oral narratives of mothers
who represent diverse generations, races, and social classes), a playwright, and an
artist. Together, they created a theatrical and visual staging of the author's
narrative research. The staged reading included a post-performance discussion
with the cast, two mothers whose narratives appear in the work, the co-authors
and the audience. This discussion indicated a positive response to this alternative
form of research representation and generated meaningful dialogue about
mothers' experiences with special education and its unintended consequences in
the lives of their families.
- Volume 13 Interlude 1: Greenwood, J. Arts-based Research: Weaving Magic and Meaning.
What kinds of things do we research when we use arts-based research? And when
we apply arts-based research to educational contexts, what kinds of contributions to
the scholarship of learning and teaching can we make?
Taking as its basis three case studies in which art processes were used to investigate
culture and identity, this essay examines the kinds of questions arts-based research
might seek to answer. At the same time as it acknowledges the value of the less
definable and often holistic kinds of knowing that may result through the use of art
tools and aesthetic analysis, it also argues for the usefulness of strategic focus on
specific frames of investigation and specific outcomes. It further examines the
relationship between arts-based research and learning.
- Volume 13 Interlude 2: Prendergast, M. Education and/as Art: A Found Poetry Suite.
Embracing metaphor as method (Prendergast, 2005; see also Prendergast, 2006a, 2006b, 2008a), which I suggest is a key characteristic of thinking poetically and doing poetic inquiry, is the process conveyed in this suite of found poems. The investigation began with a cross-disciplinary scholarly database search on the term "education as art" that asked: How has education been conceived as artful over time? This search led to (sadly but unsurprisingly) very few sources that explicitly employ this metaphor. However, what was discovered was powerful enough to warrant interpretation through poetic transcription and representation in a suite of found poems. These poems reveal the frustration, even rage, of those who wish to re-vision education as artful. They also reveal hopeful (perhaps utopian) views of what education could look like if re-conceived as the enculturation of artists. These found poems were presented as part of a keynote lecture to Ph.D. education students at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal in April of 2011.
- Volume 13 Review 1:
Björk, C. Lifemusic: Connecting People to Time: A Review Essay.
Book Reviewed: Paton, R. (2011). Lifemusic: Connecting People to Time. Dorset, Great Britain: Archive Publishing. ISBN 9781906289140.
Rod Paton is a composer, horn player specializing in jazz and improvisation, and senior lecturer at the University of Chichester. He is also a community musician and tireless defender of everyone's right to music regardless of training or background. In Lifemusic: Connecting people to time, Paton describes the philosophy and practice of his concept based on creative improvisation and a participatory ideal. Following Christopher Small's clarion call (in Stevens, 1985) to "give back to people the music that belongs to them", Paton makes a case against what he describes as hegemonies that are dependent on experts who create, control and mediate musical activity, reducing others to passive consumers. He agrees fully with Small about the problematic social implications of musicianship and music education under these circumstances, notably cultural imperialism and the way practices intimidate the uninitiated by demanding normative perfection.
- Volume 13 Review 2:
Sloboda, J. Patriotism and Nationalism in Music Education: A Review Essay.
Book Reviewed: Hebert, D., & Kertz-Welzel, A. (2012). Patriotism and nationalism in music education. Farnham, UK: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-3080-3.
This book is a brave first attempt to bring together information and arguments
relevant to an understanding of how patriotism and nationalism intersect with music
education. As such, it both stands as a "must read" resource for anyone interested in
this topic, and also as an indication of how little we know in depth about the effects
of patriotism on music teachers and the young people they teach. There are many
empirical studies that are begging to be done, and I hope this book stimulates some
researchers to undertake them.
- Volume 12 Number 1:
Mok, O. N. A. Diasporic Chinese Xianshi musicians: Impact of enculturation and learning on values relating to music and music-making.
This qualitative study presents a group of five diasporic Chinese xianshi musicians in
Hong Kong as an example, illustrating how they learnt and value their music throughout
their lives, and examines the possible link between learning-practices and values. It
is hoped that the lesson learnt from these xianshi musicians may alert music educators
to the possible far-reaching effects of enculturation and learning-practices on forming
an individual's values relating to music and music-making. The data were drawn from
semi-structured in-depth interviews, non-participant observations and a trip to the
musicians' homeland. It revealed that they value music for aesthetic and personal
enjoyment, and for the purposes of bonding and identity building, as well as for
building an imagined community. It appears that their musical enculturation (from
homeland) and informal learning-practices (from both homeland and Hong Kong) may
have contributed to their lifelong devotion to making music and to how they value
their music and music-making on both personal and collective levels.
- Volume 12 Number 2:
de Vries, P. The first year of teaching in primary school: Where is the place of music?
The aim of the research reported in this article was to determine what music first year
generalist primary teachers were teaching. In particular, the study sought to determine
the impact of music education coursework undertaken in teacher training on these
teachers' practice as beginning teachers. The self-reported data was generated through
a written survey undertaken by 112 first year generalist teachers in their first year
teaching, with 24 of these teachers agreeing to be interviewed after the survey was
completed. Results revealed that only 37% of these beginning teachers are teaching
music on a regular basis. Reasons impacting on their decision to teach (or not teach)
music include the presence of a music specialist in the school, their current or recent
learning of a musical instrument, amount of time dedicated to music education in their
teacher training courses, lack of confidence about teaching music, availability of time
to teach music when other curricular areas dominate, and access to resources, teaching
spaces, and relevant professional development. Implications for teacher educators
teaching music education for preservice generalist primary teachers are outlined.
- Volume 12 Number 3:
O'Donoghue, D. Has the art college entry portfolio outlived its
usefulness as a method of selecting students in an age of relational, collective and
collaborative art practice?
The purpose of this article is to invite focused discussion and critical debate about
the instruments currently used to select students for art colleges in Europe and
North America. At this time of significant expansion and diversification in practices
of art making, we must ask if current selection instruments still work. What
evidence is there to support their continued use? Are they good indicators of
success in art college? Who do they advantage, and whose interests do they serve?
In what ways do they contribute to, or legitimate class reproduction and class
advantage in the cultural sphere? In taking up these questions, this article addresses
four topics of particular relevance to the selection and admission debate: reliability,
validity, predictability and equality. It reports findings from two national
longitudinal research studies that examined the predictive validity of selection
instruments in relation to performance in art college in Ireland. While these findings
are specific to the Irish higher education context, they have relevance beyond this
context given that the selection instruments used by Irish art colleges are the same
as those used by the majority of art colleges across Europe and North America.
- Volume 12 Number 4:
Gaztambide-Fernández, R., Cairns, K., Kawashima, Y., Menna, L. & VanderDussen, E. Portraiture as pedagogy: Learning research through the exploration of context and methodology.
In this reflective essay, five members of a research team involving graduate students
and a faculty member offer individual "studies"\0x00 of specific moments in
the field in which lessons about methodology, the research context, and the researcher
herself/himself crystallized. The article highlights the pedagogical possibilities of
portraiture for introducing graduate students to qualitative research methodology.
Each "study" illuminates how different kinds of boundaries are negotiated: whether it
is the boundaries of access to a research site; the boundaries of personal or
professional recognition; the boundaries of the body and physical space; the
boundaries of racial identification; or the boundaries of the interior and exterior
selves. These are not lessons that can be taught/learned within the constraints of a
classroom, whether a lecture hall or the most progressive seminar. It is in the actual
experience of negotiating these boundaries that the intricacies of the research process
manifest, and in the process, the inquiry itself grows and moves through the necessary
explorations that are the heart of qualitative research.
- Volume 12 Number 5:
Svensson, L. & Edström, A. The function of art students' use of studio conversations in relation to their artwork.
The investigation presented in this article is focused on studies within a practice based MFA program in visual art in Sweden. The analysis presented is based on two interviews each with nine art students: One interview during their first and one during their fourth year of study. The analysis focuses on the relation between two aspects of their studies: The use of studio conversations and the relation to their own artwork. Data are analyzed and results are presented for each student as a case. The cases are compared and grouped based on similarities and differences. A close relationship between use of studio conversations and relation to own artwork is found, varying to its character from case to case. The results have implications for the understanding of the self-directed character of the studies and the very free form of curriculum typical of visual art practice education.
- Volume 12 Number 6:
Cayari, C. The YouTube effect: How YouTube has provided new ways to consume, create, and share music.
This case study about a teenage musician, Wade Johnston, suggests how YouTube has affected music consumption, creation, and sharing. A literature review connects education, technology, and media. Informal learning, digital literacy, and twenty-first century technology are also connected in the review. Data reveals how Wade started his channel, gained popularity, interacted with others, and promoted his musical career through YouTube. Original songs, covers, collaborations, documentaries, selfinterviews, video blogs (vlogs), and live performances are observed by the researcher. Interviews with the subject, key actors in his life, fans, and first time listeners were transcribed and results were used to triangulate. Previous musical media research is expanded upon to include YouTube and video sharing. The idea of amateur and professional musician, musical venue, and audience member are being changed through YouTube. Current practices of how YouTube is used in the classroom are discussed, and future research is suggested.
- Volume 12 Number 7:
MacKenzie, S. K. Circles of (im)perfection: A story of student teachers' poetic (re)encounters with self and pedagogy.
Teaching is vulnerable work where self and other enter into intimate encounters that can change one's sense of self and purpose within the world. Through this poetic rendering, I seek to piece together a story of communal becoming within the space of a student teaching seminar. The work was collaborative and ongoing as students engaged with one another's words and began to (re)write their relationships with themselves, the community, their peers, and practice. Boundaries were blurred, selves disrupted as student teachers began to engage with their own positions and perceptions of the world around them, (re)encountering pedagogy in a space of praxis.
- Volume 12 Number 8:
Charland, W. Art integration as school culture change: A cultural ecosystem approach to faculty development.
While much has been written about arts integration theory, and the various benefits of visual art in the curriculum, the literature is sparse regarding arts integration implementation, and the personal, professional, and school culture barriers to the persistence and dissemination of such interventions. Successful educational interventions are purposefully designed, taking into consideration the culture of the stakeholders, a school's or district's larger contextual factors, and the sequence and timing of program phases. Bronfenbrenner's theory of cultural ecology is employed as a framework to examine the steps involved in the introduction, instantiation, and persistence of an art integration program in an urban school system.
- Volume 12 Number 9:
Garvis, S., & Pendergast, D. An investigation of early childhood teacher self-efficacy beliefs in the teaching of arts education.
The self-efficacy beliefs teachers hold about their ability to teach subjects shapes their competence in teaching. Teacher self-efficacy is defined as teacher beliefs in their ability to perform a teaching task. If teachers have strong teacher self-efficacy in the teaching of arts education, they are more likely to incorporate arts in the classroom. Alternatively, if teachers have weak teacher self-efficacy in the teaching of arts education they are less likely to include aspects of the arts in their curriculum. Little is known about teacher self-efficacy beliefs towards arts education in early childhood education. Since arts education is an important element in the curriculum of any classroom - including all early childhood classrooms - investigation of the beliefs that shape teacher practice is desirable.
In 2010, a survey was distributed using convenience sampling to early childhood teachers throughout Queensland. There were 21 respondents, representing a response rate of 27%. Each completed an adapted version of the Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale for Arts Education. Perceived competence towards each of the five arts strands (dance, drama, media, visual arts and music) were compared to perceived competence in maths and English. The number of hours taught in each of the arts strands was also investigated. Findings suggest all of the respondent early childhood teachers had greater perceived competence for teaching maths and English compared to any of the arts strands. Some early childhood teachers did not engage with some of the arts strands (particularly drama, dance, media) in their daily classrooms. These findings provide glimpses of the current day-to-day running of early childhood classrooms and the role of arts education in the current climate of policy reform and accountability.
- Volume 12 Number 10:
Kan, K. H. Meeting face to face = Seeing eye to eye?: Interglobal dialogue via videoconference.
Based on a series of videoconferences held between two universities, one located in China and another in the United States, this pilot curriculum study illustrates how successful interglobal communication via synchronized educational technology requires detailed planning and the use of a substantial number of pedagogical strategies. Achieving the goals of broadening participants' international experience and promoting intercultural understanding of the discussion topics requires the instructor's appreciation of the cultural identification process at the global level. The author shares and discusses personal experiences and challenges with organizing this kind of collaboration between two higher education institutions across national borders, and provides initial implementation and instructional guidelines.
- Volume 12 Number 11:
Power, B. & Klopper, C. The classroom practice of creative arts education in NSW primary schools: A descriptive account.
This article documents the current classroom practice of creative arts education of respondent classroom teachers in the New South Wales Greater Western Region, Australia. The study provides a descriptive account of classroom practice in creative arts education through the employment of a quantitative methodology. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to teachers as the sole data collection instrument and analysed to identify innovative classroom practices that anticipate the needs and challenges of creative arts education and the young people it serves. A significant gap in the literature regarding the nature of creative arts education classroom practice was identified. The criticality that such a description of current practice be produced is asserted, with a view towards illuminating current classroom practices and working towards improved models and practices of creative arts education in K-6 classrooms.
- Volume 12 Number 12:
Liu, L. B. Poetry as progress: Balancing standards-based
reforms with aesthetic inquiry.
The meaning of "progress" in U.S. educational institutions has undergone much
debate (Tyack & Cuban, 1995). Standards-driven practices have often promoted a
search for 'right' answers in place of critical and diverse thinking. Globalization
and its impacts compel us to continue revising and articulating the meaning of
progress for 21st century students, educators, and researchers (Ball & Tyson, 2011).
This aesthetic empirical inquiry (Pinar, 2004; Ranciere, 2004) contributes to this
process by creatively re-presenting teacher voice via bricolage (Denzin & Lincoln,
2003; Kincheloe, 2001), specifically poetic bricolage (Trueit, 2004). The pursuit of
aesthetic approaches to research have the potential for re-shaping national notions
of progress to emphasize the cultivation of creativity, understanding, and empathy
across lines of difference, and thereby support 21st century global communities in
collaborating to address inequity.
- Volume 12 Number 13:
Heyning, L. "I can't sing!" The concept of teacher confidence
in singing and the use within their classroom.
When teachers become more confident and competent in relation to singing, then
they are more likely to use singing and to use it successfully. Teachers are expected
to gain such skills in pre-service teacher education, to enhance their capability in
teaching music, so that singing can be utilised and supported in schools. Confidence
is definitely something that contributes to our performance in all aspects of our
life. However, when we are not confident in those skills, we do not perform as well
as we should, generally resulting in avoidance of that skill or activity.
When it became apparent, at the end of an Australian University Teacher Education
music education elective, that some primary teacher education students could not
hold a tune by themselves, or felt confident to sing on their own, a strategy was
developed to raise the solo singing standards and perception of confidence level of
the next cohort of students. This paper reports on a pilot program aimed at
improving the in-tune singing skills and confidence of a class of teacher education
students with the aim of increasing the likelihood they will later include singing in
their future music programs.
- Volume 12 Number 14:
Ng, H. H. Free improvisation; Life expression.
This autoethnographic study seeks the value, position and possibilities of free improvisation in the musical field.
It explores how embodied knowledge, dialectical exchanges, emotional and intellectual stimulation constructs and
reconstructs experiences in various contexts for the free improviser, who is both researcher and actual piano performer.
This is done by experiencing and reflecting on the connections and interactions between different aspects and events in
free improvisation, seen here as a phenomenon for varied, multiple processes individualized by one's adopted style,
culture and character. The research suggests a shift towards a more holistic and integral paradigm for experiencing and
understanding music through free improvisation as a process in life.
- Volume 12 Number 15:
S. Das, Y. Dewhurst, & D. Gray. A Teacher's Repertoire: Developing Creative Pedagogies
Promoting creativity in schools involves the development of characteristics such as
self-motivation, confidence, curiosity and flexibility. It can be argued that the
development of the first three of these probably relies on the last, all of which need to
be supported by a "flexible learning context." However, this cannot work without a
structure which can be used as a scaffold (Vygotsky, 1978) either to go beyond and
enhance learning, or to work within a framework, flexible enough to accommodate
individual learning styles. Such pedagogy is intricately related to the curriculum. In
the context of the newly introduced Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, this paper
discusses the experience of an interdisciplinary approach to pedagogy funded by the
Scottish Arts Council. The approach was developed within the initial teacher
education (ITE) programmes at the University of Aberdeen and elaborates on the
relationship between curriculum, pedagogy and creativity.
- Volume 12 Number 16:
G. W. Lea, G. Belliveau, A. Wager, & J. L. Beck. A Loud Silence: Working with Research-based Theatre and A/R/Tography
Arts-based approaches to research have emerged as an integral component of
current scholarship in the social sciences, education, health research, and
humanities. Integrating arts-based methods and methodologies with research
generates possibilities for fresh approaches for creating, translating, and exchanging
knowledge (Barone & Eisner, 1997; Barone, 2000; 2008; 2008; Knowles & Cole,
2008). This article explores two such methodologies, a/r/tography and researchbased
theatre, by closely examining the development of the theatre-based piece
Drama as an Additional Language: Creating Community, Confidence, and Comfort
(Beck, Belliveau, Lea, & Wager, 2009). Using the six a/r/tographic renderings
(contiguity, living inquiry, metaphor and metonymy, openings, reverberations, and
excess), the authors investigate the development of Drama as an Additional
Language as an example of how research-based theatre and a/r/tography may be
- Volume 12 Number 17:
S. W. Cawthon & K. M. Dawson. Drama-based Instruction and Educational Research:
Activating Praxis in an Interdisciplinary Partnership
Drama for Schools (DFS) is a professional development program in drama-based
instruction shaped by theories of critical pedagogy and constructivism. In 2007,
the Director of DFS invited an educational psychology faculty member to
develop a research and evaluation component for the program. This article
discusses and troubles this interdisciplinary partnership through the lens of
praxis, the continual cycle of thought, action, reflection and response. In this
article, we touch upon implications of activated praxis such as (a) how DFS has
evolved in its identity as a research-based program model; (b) how outcome
measurement was embedded into program implementation; (c) the experience of
disseminating findings in both arts-based and educational research spaces; and
(d) how long-range planning was guided both by research and program priorities.
We conclude with identification of how this process has resulted in praxis for
participants across all levels of the partnership.
- Volume 12 Special Issue 1: Gradle, S. A. (Ed.). Arts & Learning Research Journal Special Issue: Selected Papers from the 2011 AERA Arts & Learning SIG
This Special Edition of the Arts & Learning Research Journal, graciously hosted by the International Journal of Education in the Arts, marks the first
online-only presence of our journal. This is an exciting transition for Arts & Learning, which has been a scholarly print journal for over 25 years.
As explained in our 2010 Call for Papers, we were interested in exploring how an online venue might expand creative presentations of research, and
visually enhance scholarship in the arts.
As the Guest Editor for Arts & Learning's online emergence, I was fascinated by the diversity in thinking that researchers are currently exploring in the arts. Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro examines the ways that aesthetic knowing influences leadership decisions by looking at several models in the field. She reminds us that there is artistry in leadership, which is seen through organizational beauty, the value of a greater good in leadership design, empathy, and somatic awareness--an embodied knowledge that shapes leadership's expression.
Gianna Di Reeze and Kathy Mantas likewise connect us to tacit understandings by making the embodied experience of teaching and learning a personal, social practice. They reclaim and reframe the many avenues that instructors might mindfully contribute to the growth of learners.
By exploring the social influences inherent in the creative process, Miriam Giguere adds new categories to our aesthetic understanding of what children intuitively feel about their efforts to create with their bodies, and through their bodies. The research shows that their collaboration opens voluntary connections developed through negotiation and trust, and a belief in the efficacy of their own ideas.
Matt Omasta, the Arts & Learning Dissertation Award Winner of 2010, illumines how emotions influence beliefs in a study that examines middle school students' reactions to theatrical performance. The embodied emotions that are caught appear to shape the cognitive processes and establish new meanings--about one's self and about others.
Through three case studies that involve arts-based projects, Joe Norris offers a glimpse of what it means to qualitatively embrace differences and develop assessment that might better navigate future instruction in the arts. What is our responsibility, for example, to those who wish to move toward poesis in their arts-based expressions? How can work be assessed differently when it shifts from a more pedagogically based exercise?
Readers have an opportunity to explore the strengths of a community-based art model through an intriguing look at a film school in the work of Ching-Chiu Lin, Juan Carlos Castro, and Kit Grauer. Set in the idyllic beauty of a remote island in British Columbia, their research shows how the film school encouraged students to leave school boundaries, take risks, explore tension as part of the process, and develop ideas that had both personal and collective significance.
In "Performing an Archive of Resistance," authors Claire Robson, Dennis Sumara, and Rebecca Luce-Kapler explore through two different population studies how fictional identities created through reading and writing practices influence the formation of one's consciousness. They cite new perspectives that illustrate how participation in reading, writing and responding can create and transform conscious engagement, placing it once again within the body and not simply as a function of the mind/brain. The authors ask important questions for all research in education: "If we consider the embodied self a situation, how do we change it? And when?"
Melanie Burdick delves into the possibilities of found poetry as research methodology, describing her work with two teachers in converting transcriptions of interviews into poetic forms that could be shared and compared as ways of reflecting upon experience in new ways. The revelations that can occur through this multiplication of languages and perspectives suggests the rich potential of this arts-based approach to research.
Lived Aesthetic Inquiries
- Volume 12 LAI 1: Chappell, S. V., & Chappell, D. A museum in a book: Teaching culture through decolonizing, arts-based methodologies.
This paper explores the positivist, museum-based, and touristic constructions of
indigenous cultures in the Americas, as represented in the DK Eyewitness series,
and then overturns these constructions using an artist book created by the authors.
In our analysis of the nonfiction series, we identified three trajectories:
cataloguing, consignment to the past, and pleasurable display. Using techniques
borrowed from "new historiography" and the decolonizing methodologies of Linda
Tuhiwai Smith (1999), we suggest ways in which adults and young people might
"speak back" to these positivist paradigms.
- Volume 12 LAI 2: White, B. Private perceptions, public reflections: Aesthetic
encounters as vehicles for shared meaning making.
This paper begins with a brief discussion of aesthetic theory, especially as it relates to
art education. Then, to see how theory may apply to practice, it describes an
investigation into the manner in which encounters with artworks unfold, how
meanings are constructed and values articulated, based on the study of four volunteers'
interactions with two artworks that lend themselves to variable responses, especially in
regard to social and cultural issues. The study relies on participant mapping of the
individual moments of their encounters and their subsequent reflections on the
- Volume 12 LAI 3: Wiggins, J. Feeling is how I understand it: Found poetry as analysis.
This paper tells the story of a researcher's analysis process that became a journey to an
unfamiliar place and, ultimately, to a new way of conceiving analysis and a new way of
seeing--at least, new to me as researcher. The study was an analysis of interview data gleaned
from a series of conversations about what it is to be a musician.i I had interviewed about forty
highly accomplished professional musicians inviting them to talk about their musicianship and
how they think they learned what they know--from whom, under what circumstances, and
at what points in their lives. From transcription and analysis of the transcripts and recordings,
a wide range of themes had emerged, reflecting visions of musicianship, the nature of
participants' music learning experiences, and insight into their musical lives. In this paper, I
explore one of these themes: the physical nature of musical knowing and experience.
- Volume 12 Interlude 1: Delacruz, E.M. Entrepreneurial strategies for advancing arts-based public engagement as a form of university-sanctioned professional activity in the new creative economy.
Written in the first person and drawing from an autoethnographic methodological
framework, this essay shares aspirations, experiences, and reflections on a faculty
member's professional work in a large U.S. public research-oriented university,
focusing specifically on her attempts to reconcile her service-oriented civic
engagement work with her university's priorities and workplace conditions. The author
positions her work within a larger community of practice in art education higher
education, a community dedicated to embracing cultural diversity and social justice,
and whose work now takes place in multiple sites, including but not limited to schools
and universities. The author establishes linkages between contemporary art education
values and aims, and recently popular writings about the creative class, the new
creative economy, and the contributions of cultural creatives to community
development. These connections help the author establish a personal philosophical
foundation for her current work and to explore an entrepreneurial framework-both as a means of facilitating her own public engagement projects and for advancing public
engagement as a legitimate form of university faculty work. The essay is written as a
reflective narrative about lessons learned in pursuit of these aims. Through utilization
of short stories (or vignettes) of some of the author's public-engagement-oriented
work, she identifies entrepreneurial strategies that have facilitated this work along with
problems encountered, uncertainties, and failures. The essay concludes with an
optimistic but untested proposition that university faculty members may make a
difference in the world not only through their service-oriented civic endeavors, but
also in their ability to help shape and improve university institutional conditions that
make this work possible. As the author concludes, being connected to a community of
practice beyond ones current place of employment is central to these goals.
- Volume 12 Interlude 2: Berkeley, A. From a formalist to a practical aesthetic in undergraduate theatre studies: Becoming relevant in the twenty-first century.
As a new century unfolds, the "downsizing" and continuing marginalization of the
humanities, including theatre, in American higher education correspond to three trends
in the academy. First, in response to the fiscal crises that began in the late 1970s,
universities have increasingly turned to the private sector for financial support as
federal and state funding has been reduced. Second, universities have become
progressively more market-driven, and so, commercialized. In this context,
departments in the arts and humanities are often accused of losing their intellectual
anchors. Third, students' intentions for the bachelor of arts degree have simultaneously
shifted from developing intellectual qualities and a philosophy of life to that of
preparing for economic security. As a consequence of the changing definitions of
liberal arts education, subjects in the arts and humanities will have to reconsider their
missions and curricular practices in order to attract students and remain relevant.
- Volume 12 Review 1:
Leong, S. Navigating music and sound education: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Ballantyne, J., & Bartleet, B-L. (Eds.). (2010). Navigating Music and Sound Education. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 978144381837.
Navigating Music and Sound Education, co-edited by Julie Ballantyne and Brydie-Leigh
Bartleet, is a very valuable contribution to music education literature. A panel of international
experts has blind reviewed the eleven chapters written by twenty one leading music educators
specifically for pre-service music teachers being prepared to "respond to the changing
realities" of future school contexts (p. xvii). The chapters illuminate real issues confronted by
today's music education practitioners in a variety of contexts from early childhood-adult,
formal-informal, urban-remote, and general-vocational education. The perspectives presented
are evidence based and informed by research and practice, drawn from the contributors'
personal and diverse experiences in Australia, England, USA, Greece, Cyprus, Holland and Singapore. One chapter is co-authored by six of the fourteen Australian contributors who
bring perspectives from their important work with Australian indigenous communities.
- Volume 12 Review 2:
Nichols, J. Music education for changing times: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Regelski, T. A., & Gates, J. T. (Eds.). (2009). Music Education for Changing
Times: Guiding Visions for Practice. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. ISBN:
Music Education for Changing Times: Guiding Visions for Practice "hangs a question mark"
on music education practices that may have long been taken for granted (Russell, 1953). The
essay authors, each in their own voice and with strength of conviction, contribute thoughtful
work guaranteed to provoke a great deal of reflection regarding the frontiers of music
education in the 21st century. The essayists have pointed to several stars on the horizon for
guidance and enjoined the reader to be critically reflective on which ones are chosen for
navigation. The path for our collective, professional journey may twist, turn, fork, and circle
but with a vision influenced by the scholarship contained within this text, we can make
purposeful strides towards the future.
- Volume 12 Review 3:
Davidson, J. Embodied wisdom: Meditations on memoir and education: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Pryer, A. (2011). Embodied Wisdom: Meditations on Memoir and Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. ISBN:
Embodied wisdom: Meditations on memoir and education, Alison Pryer's recent volume, is an
ode to pedagogy and the struggle to understand what that unique term can mean.
As she defines it, "Pedagogy takes place in diverse sites, not only in kindergartens, schools,
and universities. I define pedagogy as that which acts upon and acts with human beings in
such a way as to transform their embodied consciousness, thereby producing meaning in the
process" (p. 8).
- Volume 12 Review 4:
Chen-Hafteck, L. Minette Mans' Living in worlds of music: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Mans, M. (2009). Living in Worlds of Music: A View of Education and Values. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. ISBN:
Today, many music educators are fascinated by the diverse musics and cultures of the world
and feel that multicultural music education can enhance our understanding of the music and
culture of people from other ethnic origins. However, it is easy for practitioners to easily fall
into an oversimplified view about teaching world musics if we do not take care to consider the
complexity of the issues relating to it.
- Volume 12 Review 5:
Schulte, C. M. Children's creation of imaginary worlds: Potentials and practices: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Golomb, C (2011). The creation of imaginary worlds: The role of art, magic & dreams in child development. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN:
In this beautifully written book, Claire Golomb produces an eloquent account of three
extraordinarily important practices that constitute an envisaging of children's pursuit and
construction of imaginary worlds. Golomb, a noted psychologist and researcher, puts forth a
compelling introductory text that works to provide parents, educators, and students of early
childhood development with a persuasive and articulate rendering of the unwavering grasp
that worldmaking has on young children, and the developmental trajectories, milestones, and
slippages that compose the landscapes of their enduring quests for the alternative.
- Volume 12 Review 6:
Davis, S. G. Musical identities and music education: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Stålhammar, B. (2006). Musical identities and music education. Aachen, Germany: Shaker Verlag. 247 pages. ISBN:
Musical Identities and Music Education, written by Börje Stålhammar, provides an illuminating view of the way in which English and
Swedish students consider music and musical meaning. For the young people in this study, music is not an isolated topic nor evaluated based on
its theoretical constructs but is judged on the context of the listening experience and the emotional impact which is filtered through the lens of
their social and cultural backgrounds. Stålhammar contends that in today's world three central "musical forces" converge to affect the musical
identity of young people: 1) the international music industry, 2) the cultural background and environment that forms values, commitments,
preferences and the emotional imprints that are central to identity and, 3) teaching contexts represented by formal schooling and community
teaching situations (p. 10). In light of the many decisions that music educators must make in their responsibilities for carrying out curriculum,
Music Identities and Music Education provides a broader view for these considerations and places the importance of student experience at the core.
- Volume 12 Review 7:
Costantino, T. Researching creative learning: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Thomson, P. & Sefton-Green, J. (Eds.). (2011). Researching creative learning: Methods and issues. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415548854.
The publication of Researching Creative Learning: Methods and Issues, edited by Pat Thomson and Julian Sefton-Green, is
timely considering the increased international interest in creativity in education.
Governments around the globe are looking to schools to educate the creative individuals
needed for the 21st century knowledge economies that will keep each nation competitive
in the global marketplace. This is despite the apparent contradiction of an emphasis on
standardized curriculum, especially in the United States and Great Britain.
- Volume 12 Review 8:
Chrysostomou, S. Educating music teachers for the 21st Century: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Aróstegui, J. L. (Ed.). Educating Music Teachers for the 21st Century. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. ISBN: 9788-94-6091-501-7
In this book of collective case studies we learn about different courses offered in music teacher education programs in different countries in Europe and Latin America. The authors attempt to give us the whole picture by describing as much as possible, the institutional culture, the educational system, the societal needs and changes and the political and educational agenda. Inevitably, some pictures are clearer than others. Not all case studies focus on the same research questions. Each author chooses to answer the questions that seem to be closer to his/her interests and that are more appropriate for the case study in process. In terms of comparative education, a solid methodology was designed for the specific purpose of creating the necessary conditions to compare programs and courses from very different contexts and countries in Europe and Latin America, and to be able to reach conclusions that are meaningful for other countries around the world. In the last chapter, Heiling and Arostegui with insight and reflection, bring together all of the major issues that seem to have 'haunted' music teacher education for years. They assist the readers' thinking and reflection, setting the stage through the comparison of the different case studies. One cannot help but contemplate and compare his/her own country and situation in music teacher education. Whether we agree or not with their final conclusions, the goal is accomplished. Comparative education has paved the way to reflection and discussion.
- Volume 12 Review 9:
E. Österlind. Embodied Wisdom: Meditations on Memoir and Education: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Prendergast, M., & Saxton, J. (Eds.). (2009/2011). Applied theatre: International case studies and challenges for practice.. Chicago, IL: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9781841502816.
This book is a prosperous point of departure for a journey into the field of Applied Theatre,
based as it is on case studies from all over the world, which gives it a nice mosaic character.
The idea of collecting published papers and articles and present them in short-cuts is
innovative. The result is a hybrid of an educational textbook and a 'light' research handbook -
highly recommendable reading that gives an excellent overview and lots of inspiration.
- Volume 11 Number 1:
Carter, P. D. Using action methods in post-graduate supervision.
The use of psychodramatic action methods in academic supervision is examined through the detailed description of a session between a supervisor and a supervisee working on a PhD in the field of Information Systems. The psychodramatic emphasis on spontaneity, reciprocity, and the use of dramatic production have various advantages for post-graduate supervision, namely: the involvement of affect, action and cognition in meaning making; the generation of self-authority in the supervisee; and the building of a cooperative working relationship between supervisor and supervisee. Action methods do not need to be seen as the sole domain of the action method expert. Supervisors will be able to take up individual techniques and approaches outlined here and integrate them into their own practice.
- Volume 11 Number 2:
Weinstein, S. "A unified poet alliance": The personal and social outcomes of youth spoken word poetry programming.
This article places youth spoken word (YSW) poetry programming within the larger framework of arts education. Drawing primarily on transcripts of interviews with teen poets and adult teaching artists and program administrators, the article identifies specific benefits that participants ascribe to youth spoken word, including the development of literate identities, therapeutic experiences, overcoming of shyness, and increased self-confidence and self-esteem. The author describes the writing workshop format common to many YSW programs and analyzes the specific contribution of performance to the benefits that participants identify from YSW. This article draws on James Gee's (1991) concept of discourses to explain the strong identification that many YSW poets feel toward their chosen genre.
- Volume 11 Number 3:
Morawski, C. M. Transacting the arts of adolescent novel study: Teacher candidates embody Charlotte Doyle.
To help underscore the importance of giving the arts an integral place in the literacy continuum of secondary school language arts, I immersed myself in a careful reading of twenty teacher candidates' transactions in the art of body biography for novel study for intermediate students (grades 7-10). Coming together in groups of five, the teacher candidates used life-size body outlines drawn on oversized paper, along with a myriad of found and stocked materials, such as fabric, pens, and paint, to experience and express the transformation of the main character in the young adult novel, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Informed by their transactions in the body biography compositions, the teacher candidates reported that they were able to reach a more holistic portrait of Charlotte, while enriching their own instructional repertoires.
- Volume 11 Number 4:
Maniaci, K. & Chandler-Ott, K. "Still building that idea": Preservice art educators' perspectives on integrating literacy across the curriculum.
Conducted collaboratively by an art educator and a literacy educator, this qualitative study focused on pre-service art educators' perspectives on integrating literacy in their teaching of art as they took a required course on literacy across the curriculum. Data included interviews, questionnaires, course assignments, and field notes from class sessions. Our analysis identified three patterns related to participants' perspectives while taking the course: their conceptions of literacy expanded, they reconceptualized familiar art education practices with a literacy-focused lens, and they considered new practices. Findings suggest that literacy courses are valuable for art educators but that they must be designed to maximize disciplinespecific concerns and literacies. Implications for further research and practice are outlined.
- Volume 11 Number 5:
Leung, B. W. & Leung, E. C. K. Teacher-artist partnership in teaching Cantonese opera in Hong Kong schools.
This study aims to examine how and why students transform in terms of learning motivation in learning the Cantonese opera with a teacher-artist partnership approach in Hong Kong schools. An artist and seven teachers from four schools collaborated to teach the genre for eight weeks. Students' learning motivation changes in Cantonese opera was measured by a set of pre- and post-learning questionnaires. Qualitative data were drawn from class observations and focus group interviews with teachers and students. Results indicate that students' motivation in learning the genre has been changed. The statistical analysis suggests that, while primary students had significantly increased their motivation in learning Cantonese opera, the secondary students' motivation had not increased. Attributions include age differences, self-consciousness, intrinsic value and socio-cultural impact. However, the partnership was found to be an appropriate and effective approach in teaching the ethnic genre for its "role supplementation" between the teacher and the artist.
- Volume 11 Number 6:
Risner, D., & Stinson, S. W. Moving social justice: Challenges, fears and possibilities in dance education.
This essay explores social justice commitments in dance pedagogy and dance
education teacher preparation in the USA as developed through a series of
conversations between two dance educators and former administrators in higher
education. The authors examine the history of multiculturalism, multicultural
practices in postsecondary dance, their influences on dance teacher education, and
the limitations of the multiculturalism movement that emerge from misperceptions
about, or disregard for differences in culture, gender, ability, ethnicity, and
socioeconomic background. Dominant arguments for maintaining status quo
perspectives such as scarcity of resources, accreditation standards, and tenured
faculty compositions are examined in conversation with a number of prophetic
voices for social justice teaching and learning. Examples of pedagogical approaches
and project assignments that aim to bring social justice learning to the dance
education classroom in concrete ways are presented.
- Volume 11 Number 7:
Atkinson, B., & Mitchell, R. "Why didn't they get it?" "Did they have to get it?": What reader response theory has to offer narrative research and pedagogy.
In this paper we suggest that narrative representations that seemingly fail to reach an
audience as intended may engage the audience in more meaningful ways. We use reader
response theory to explore how an audience's responses to a conference narrative
presentation made available a multiplicity of interpretive frameworks and narratives to the
readers/listeners. We assert that when various interpretive frameworks are made visible
across the context of a narrative text by the readers' or listeners' responses to it, they can
be examined for how they collude, collide, exclude, and compete for meaning. At the
same time, conversations evoked by narrative texts and through other arts can generate
greater understanding across and through cultural differences. This offers dynamic
pedagogical possibilities through appealing to our horticultural approach of seeking out
knowledge gained from conversations across divergent interpretive communities. Our
point here is that the intentional creation of instances where students are challenged to recognize the taken for granted notions that ground their worldviews through the arts in
education and education in the arts affords indispensable opportunities to engage students
in a richer type of teaching and learning.
- Volume 11 Number 8:
Garvis, S. & Pendergast, D. Supporting novice teachers of the arts.
This paper examines and reports on beginning generalist teacher self-efficacy, which Bandura (1997)
suggests plays an important part in student outcomes. In 2008, 201 beginning generalist teachers
throughout the state of Queensland, Australia, participated in a study that aimed to provide a
snapshot of current perceptions towards support in schools for the arts. Beginning teachers were
asked to rank their school support for a number of different subjects in the school curriculum
and provide written justification for these rankings. Results suggest that beginning teachers
perceived a general lack of support for the teaching of the arts in their classroom, compared
to English and maths. They reported that schools provided greater financial support, assistance
and professional development for the teaching of literacy and numeracy with a view to increase
school performance in national testing. Findings provide key insights for school administrators
and policy makers for the adequate delivery of arts education in Queensland schools, particularly
when this task falls to generalist teachers with little or no subject expertise in the arts.
- Volume 11 Number 9:
Greher, G. R., Hillier, A., Dougherty, M., & Poto, N. SoundScape: An interdisciplinary music intervention for adolescents and young adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Service provision for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders
(ASD) is lacking, particularly post high school. We report on a music intervention
program, outline our program model, and report some initial pilot data evaluating
the program outcomes. We also discuss implications for undergraduate and
graduate students who were involved in the project. Overall, outcomes were
positive and highlighted the need for such interventions among the ASD
community. We hope our observations focused on the strengths and weaknesses of
the program will be helpful to others who may be considering implementing a
- Volume 11 Number 10:
Tuisku, H. Diving in: Adolescents' experiences of physical work in the context of theatre education.
This study deals with adolescents' experiences and perceptions of physical actor
training practice in the context of theatre education. The study took place in Kallio
Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts in Helsinki, Finland, where I work as a
drama teacher. As a researcher, I carried out an authorized inquiry with two groups of
16-year old students who took part in acting classes as an optional subject in their
curriculum. This qualitative phenomenological research followed the basic principles
of an embodied narrative inquiry, presented by Liora Bresler (2006). Regarding the
developmental process the psychodynamic approach is being used along with the
phenomenological. Overall the students' response was positive: they found it easier to
dive in when there was an emphasis on the physical in the course work. Also the fact
that the work was collective was considered helpful. Physical work seems to provide
possibilities for an adolescent to take steps in personal growth. We can call these
break-through experiences. However, when the work is both physical and collective it
can also create unnecessary emotional distress. Therefore, special attention should be
paid to dialogical encounter in pedagogical situations.
Portrayals of Curriculum as Aesthetic Text & Lived Aesthetic Inquiry
- Volume 11 Portrayal 1:
Bickel, B. Living the divine spiritually and politically: Art, ritual and performative pedagogy in women's multi-faith leadership.
A/r/tography and mindful inquiry were engaged as primary approaches to assist self and group reflection within a group of fourteen women committed to multi-faith education and leadership in their communities. In a world of increasing religious/political tensions and conflicts this study asks, what is the transformative significance of an arts and ritual-based approach to developing and encouraging women's spiritual and multi-faith leadership? To counter destructive worldviews and practices that have divided people historically, politically, personally and sacredly, the study reinforces the political and spiritual value of women spiritual and multi-faith leaders creating and holding sacred space for truth making and world making. This study led to a renewal of compassionate leadership within many of the women. This study posits that engaging performative pedagogy within a sacred and creative ritual sanctuary, can assist women to lead integrated spiritual and political lives, while building communities that are respectful, embracing of diversity and capable of learning through diversity.
- Volume 11 Portrayal 2:
Hickman, R. Self portrait - An account of the artist as educator.
This paper is concerned primarily with the issue of the relationship between
personal and professional identity with reference to the role of artist and that of
teacher. In particular, the development of artistic identity and how it might inform
professional identity and pedagogy is examined. This issue is considered through a
self-portrait - an autobiographical, largely episodic, account of the author's
formative years. Some consideration is given to exploring the value of selfportraiture
(and similar approaches) as a method for eliciting data about identity,
including social identity. An area identified as an issue for future research in
education was the relationship between social class, art, and identity.
- Volume 11 Portrayal 3:
Baxter, M. Voices of resistance, voices of transcendence: Musicians as models of the poetic - political imagination.
How might songs, like John Lennon's Imagine or Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the wind, offer ways to explore alternative ways of being in the world, to challenge the status quo? How might these songs become springboards for original pieces that capture students? ideas about world issues? In this article, I observe what happens when selected strategies from an on-going curricular writing project utilizing a social justice framework are presented to a class of New York City fifth graders. I draw from student-created songs, instrumental compositions, written and video-taped narratives to document ways in which these elementary school students embrace ideals of social responsibility through music-making.
- Volume 11 Interlude 1:
Richmond, S. Understanding works of art, the inexpressible, and teaching: A philosophical sketch.
Understanding is an elusive and little understood concept yet it is frequently cited as an educational aim. The aim of this paper is to illuminate the nature of understanding in the art education context. This paper explores critically the conceptual background of understanding, drawing on the work of Wittgenstein, to reveal its varied and indeterminate nature and the importance of public criteria in the sharing of understanding. Focusing on art, the paper shows how understanding involves an experiential and imaginative synthesis of a work's concepts and features, inexpressible aspects and the viewer's subjective contribution. The importance of giving an artwork its due as an artist's creative achievement is supported. Notes for teaching response to art are offered in keeping with understanding's open texture.
- Volume 11 Review 1:
Blair, D. V. Narrative inquiry in music education: Troubling certainty: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Barrett, M., & Stauffer, S. (Eds.). (2008). Narrative inquiry in music education: Troubling certainty.
Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Springer. ISBN: 978-1402098611.
The research in this volume is drawn from the first Narrative in Music Education (NIME) conference that took place in 2005. This visionary conference offered a generous space for dialogue about music education practice and research as narrative inquiry. Leading qualitative research scholars provided keynote presentations, including Wayne Bowman and Jean Clandinin who also contributed concluding chapters in this text. Margaret Barrett and Sandra Stauffer, organizers of the NIME conference, edit this book.
- Volume 11 Review 2:
Laor, L. "On the seashore of endless worlds, children play" Dillon's Music, meaning and transformation: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Dillon, S. C. (2007). Music, meaning and transformation.
Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN: 978-1847182135.
In this review essay, I shall follow Steve Dillon's journey in his quest to "examine what interests
and motivates children about music and what they find meaningful." (p.2). In his introduction to
his Music, Meaning and Transformation (2007, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Dillon
mentions its main objectives. He attempts to examine "how curriculum and experience might be
designed so that it provides access to meaningful music making". In addition he aims to define
the "dimensions of good practice" and their relation to the meaning of music to young people
and to music teaching.
- Volume 11 Review 3:
Davidson, J. Twisting, turning, folding, and recreating the notion of collaboration in qualitative research ... through an artistic lens.
Book Reviewed: Gershon, W. S. (2009). The collaborative turn: Working together in qualitative research.
Rotterdam: Sense Publications.
This is a rich, provocative, and reflective volume of 11 articles exploring the concerns of
collaboration in qualitative research. Each individual piece brings a new and different angle
on the topic, and, as a whole, they create a jagged composite like some kind of newly mined
ore. The approach the authors bring to the topic of collaboration in qualitative research is
fresh and often startling. This work takes us beyond initial tentative questions about
collaboration and qualitative research and into the next stage of working through the
- Volume 11 Review 4:
Gradle, S. A. Landscapes of aesthetic education: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Richmond, S., & Snowber, C. (2009). Landscapes of aesthetic education.
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-4438-1396-9.
Landscapes of Aesthetic Education is a strong compilation of previously published essays by
artist/educators Stuart Richmond and Celeste Snowber. The authors express a desire to
cultivate a non-linear progression of ideas, therefore their chapters alternate voices while also
encompassing the complexity of scholarship in the arts: philosophy, poetry, visual art, dance,
spiritual concerns, architecture, mentoring, photography and ethics, to name a few. They
employ the metaphor of "landscapes" in their title to suggest there is an expansive vista ahead
of the reader where one might grapple with essential issues of what it means to be human, and
to do so artfully.
- Volume 11 Review 5:
Saldaña, J. The backstage and offstage stories of ethnodrama: A review of Ackroyd & O'Toole's Performing Research.
Book Reviewed: Ackroyd, J. & O'Toole, J. (2010). Performing research: Tensions, triumphs and trade-offs of ethnodrama. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.
Performing Research: Tensions, Triumphs and Trade-offs of Ethnodrama, co-edited by Judith Ackroyd and John O'Toole, is a substantive contribution to the ethnodramatic literature. Section A of Performing Research includes Ackroyd & O'Toole's reflections on selected issues surrounding ethnodrama, including such matters as terminology, ethics, representation, and aesthetics. In Section B, the developers of six different ethnodramatic productions offer their backstage and offstage accounts as case studies in playwriting, production development, and performance. This behind-the-scenes documentation provides those interested in the genre some wise and pragmatic advice before tackling their own arts-based research projects.
- Volume 11 Review 6:
Westerlund, H. Seeking the significance of music education: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Reimer, B. (2009). Seeking the significance of music education: Essays and reflections. Lanham, NY: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN: 9781607092360.
There are only a few writers in the field of music education philosophy whose books could be
called classics and whose writings a doctoral student of music education perhaps should know
in order to be able to identify related positions in the profession's discursive field. If anyone
holds such a position, having had a lengthy impact on theoretical reflection within the field, it
would have to be Bennett Reimer, the John W. Beattie Professor of Music Education Emeritus
at Northwestern University, Illinois. Reimer's main work, A Philosophy of Music Education,
first published in 1970, republished in 1989 and again in 2003, formulates his central ideas
spanning these past decades. His latest book, Seeking the Significance of Music Education:
Essays and Reflections, crystallizes some of the earlier arguments in relation to other
developments in the profession, the main theme being how to justify music in education.
- Volume 11 Review 7:
Smith, T. D. Hospitality and musical conviviality: Creating collective joy, healing, and social change: A review essay.
Book Reviewed: Stige, B., Ansdell, G., Elefant, C., & Pavlicevic, M. (2010). Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection. London: Ashgate. ISBN: 9781409410102.
This volume, Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection, brings
together a collection of case studies concerning community music therapy written by Brynjulf
Stige, Gary Ansdell, Cochavit Elefant, and Mercedes Pavlicevic. The studies are accompanied
by both a deep and thorough analysis of each case as well as a meta-analysis of the entire set.
This approach makes for a compelling work that successfully "illuminates(s) Community Music Therapy
as the promotion of musical communication and community in the service of
health, development, and social change" (p. 278). The four authors report on a total of eight
projects in England, Israel, South Africa, and Norway. This collaborative research project,
funded by The Research Council of Norway, provides a rich and diverse set of examples from
which to make useful comparisons and assertions for the benefit of the discipline. This review essay briefly
summarizes the work of each of the four authors in their specific
settings, and includes notable findings pertaining to each. A summary of the findings reported
in the meta-analysis follows and I conclude with thoughts concerning how this work is
relevant to the disciplines of Music Therapy and Music Education in general.
- Volume 10 Number 1:
Gradle, S. A. Another look at holistic art education: Exploring the legacy of Henry Schaefer-Simmern.
In his forward to Curriculum in Abundance (2006), curriculum theorist William
Pinar suggests that education should offer opportunities for self-formation which
include the cultivation of our capacity to surrender, begin again, and dwell in
possibility. This paper examines the theory and art education practices of a
forgotten and often undervalued art educator, Henry Schaefer-Simmern, whose
methodology seems congruent with some of the goals of holistic education today.
Substantial insights were gleaned through interviews with one of his former
students, Professor Emeritus of Art Education, Roy Abrahamson. Dr.
Abrahamson's collection of published and unpublished papers on Schaefer-Simmern,
his art work done under Schaefer-Simmern's direction, and his collection
of student work extended my understanding of an alternative, yet viable, holistic
approach to teaching and learning. Another look at this kind of art instruction is
valuable as a part of a contemporary holistic practice.
- Volume 10 Number 2:
Bachar, P., & Ofri, V. Art student perceptions of the role of community service in Israeli teacher education.
The purpose of this research was to understand how student art teachers perceive the
contribution to their training of community service in various frameworks, such as a
prison and a drug rehabilitation center. The research was conducted in 2006-2007 in
the School of Art at Beit Berl College, Israel, in two stages. In the first stage, six open-ended
interviews were held with students who had taken part in community service,
transcriptions of which were subjected to content analysis, yielding four main themes,
each comprised of several items. These items were later formulated into a
questionnaire, which was administered in the second stage to 120 students of the
college. The questionnaire results demonstrate that students felt that community
service had contributed meaningfully to their training as art teachers and also helped
them to define and develop their emotional world, but the respondents were divided
regarding the contributions of community service to their creative work as artists.
- Volume 10 Number 3:
Buys, L., & Miller, E. Enhancing social capital in children via school-based community cultural development projects: A pilot study.
This exploratory pilot study investigates the extent to which participating in a
community cultural development (CCD) initiative builds social capital among
children. An independent youth arts organisation implemented two cultural
activities, developing a compact disc of original music and designing mosaic
artworks for a library courtyard, in two schools located in a socio-economically
disadvantaged area of South-East Queensland, Australia. After participation in the
project, 39 primary school children aged 9 to 13 years completed a generic Social
Capital in Children Questionnaire designed specifically for evaluating arts projects.
Findings support the role of CCD within schools for enhancing social capital in
young people, identifying a range of positive impacts regarding self-concept,
reciprocity, feelings of obligation, extended networks and trust. The results suggest
that program components, such as facilitating 'friendship' connections between
children and designing activities that incorporate the sharing of materials,
equipment and tools to facilitate reciprocity, should be an important focus for
developing arts programs within a social capital framework.
- Volume 10 Number 4:
Côté, H. The impacts of the presence of the cultural dimension in schools on teachers and artists.
Several governments throughout the world promote cultural partnership programs
as a means of enriching the school curriculum. How do such programs affect
teachers and artists? What meaning do they give to the presence of the cultural
dimension in schools? To answer these questions, I examined the content of twelve
semi-structured interviews (n=12) conducted with teachers and artists within a
sociology of justification theoretical framework. The findings suggest that cultural
partnerships between teachers and artists enabled them to experience happiness and
satisfaction as well as to learn from each other. Cultural partnerships seem to
produce these effects when they involve a dialogue between teachers and artists in
order to reach mutual understanding and respect. I conclude this paper by
addressing the factors to consider when implementing cultural partnerships and the
limitations of my study.
- Volume 10 Number 5:
Delacruz, E.M. From bricks and mortar to the public sphere in cyberspace: Creating a culture of caring on the digital global commons.
This paper is intended as a broad, conceptual and theoretical treatise on the aims of teaching art in the age of global digital media. To contextualize a set of general recommendations for art education technology pedagogy, I first provide an overview of the meteoric rise of on-line social networks, and consider questions about the nature and status of these networks as virtual communities, looking at both recent studies of Internet users and at contemporary discussions about what actually constitutes a community. Ideas about community are then connected to a discussion of the public sphere, the commons, and participatory democracy as each of these lead to calls for global civil society in cyberspace. Drawing from this thinking, recommendations for art education technology pedagogy are offered, focusing on approaches that give prominence to making time for inquiry and discourse with students about things that matter, the development of a culture of caring in the art classroom, and public engagement. A recommendation for a partnership model between university and K-12 art educators concludes the paper.
- Volume 10 Number 6:
Ballantyne, J., Barrett, M., Temmerman, N., Harrison, S., & Meissner, E. Music Teachers Oz Online: A new approach to school-university collaboration in teacher education.
This paper provides a description and critical analysis of student perceptions of a nationally funded university teaching development project that aimed to bridge gaps between research, teaching and academic development in music teacher education. Based on research recommendations the project utilised collaboration between schools and universities to develop and implement an innovative online curriculum model. Responses to student evaluation questionnaires and focus group discussions were analysed in order to establish the extent to which this project was contextualised and integrated within the university course. Findings show that students valued the experience of being engaged with authentic online case studies. Through this engagement, students were able to see the interrelationships between school experience and their university studies. The modelled collaboration between schools, universities and the community was perceived as effective by the majority of students and believed to be helpful in future field placements. Recommendations for further research and implications for music teacher education in Australia and beyond are discussed.
- Volume 10 Number 7:
Grube, V. Admitting their worlds: Reflections of a teacher/researcher on the self-initiated art making of children.
"I'm trying the least of anything to control this drawing ... in fact I want it to run away with me." says Billy, a fifth grader who reads at 13th grade level. He clears his throat and begins to sketch and his stories flood the page. This qualitative research paper looks at what free sketchbook drawing does for a group of boys ages 8-14 who participate in an after-school drawing club. The writing blends critical pedagogy with the influence of the adult media culture (e.g, war, television, movies, video games, and the internet) and my perceptions as researcher/teacher.
- Volume 10 Number 8:
Blaikie, F. Knowing bodies: A visual and poetic inquiry into the professoriate.
Through arts-informed research (Cole & Knowles, 2007) I explore visual identity and scholarship. I conversed with and photographed Lisette, Edward, Kris, Todd, William and Theresa, asking "How are your clothing choices determined by your work as a scholar?" The photographs and transcripts inspired drawings, paintings and poetry. The study confirms that clothes are negotiated expressions of self and visual identity with the body as mediator (Braziel & LeBesco, 2001; Butler, 1993; Davis, 1997; Holliday & Hassard 2001; Shilling, 1993); scholars' clothing choices are gendered (Butler, 1999; Kirkham, 1996; Sanders, 1996), and female scholars strategize through dress (Kaiser, Chandler & Hammidi, 2001; Green, 2001). The poems and artworks speak of triumph and pain. They provide opportunities to reflect on arts-informed research, the aesthetics of the clothed body, the body and social theory, and the semiotics of clothing.
- Volume 10 Number 9:
Alter, F., Hays, T., & O'Hara, R. Creative arts teaching and practice: Critical reflections of primary school teachers in Australia.
This paper details aspects of a research project that explored nineteen Australian primary (elementary) schoolteachers' perspectives of Creative Arts education. The study investigated the participants' personal Arts experiences and training, as well as their views of Arts pedagogy. In depth interviews with the participants highlighted the important influence that participants' own interactions with the various Arts disciplines had upon their role as facilitators of Creative Arts education. The findings of this study also identify multiple ways of approaching and facilitating teaching and learning activities. The research not only revealed insights into the educational value each of the teachers ascribed to individual Arts disciplines, but also the level of confidence and preparedness they felt to teach these disciplines. The generalist primary teachers participating in this research study identified a number of issues that they believed compromised their ability to teach the Creative Arts effectively.
- Volume 10 Number 10:
Ryman, J., Porter, T., & Galbraith, C. Disciplined imagination: Art and metaphor in the business school classroom.
Business schools frequently emphasize the importance of thinking "outside-the-box," and yet very few business students are actually challenged to do so in practice. This paper presents a pedagogical technique designed to foster creativity and imagination, while providing a deeper understanding of the concepts taught in a capstone business management course. The technique requires students to create and interpret an original work of art (visual, musical, or poetry) that symbolizes an important course concept. The metaphors utilized by students are examined using Morgan's (1986) metaphors of organizations as a framework. At the end of the project, students involved provided feedback by completing a survey of student attitudes and responding to a questionnaire. We conclude that using art and metaphor enriched the educational experience by both challenging students and promoting a deeper understanding of course material.
- Volume 10 Number 11:
Chung, S. K. Autobiographical portraits of four female adolescents: Implications for teaching critical visual culture.
An autobiographical portrait is an artistic representation that shows not only a person's physical characteristics, but also his or her personality, knowledge, history, and/or lived experiences. Understanding student autobiographical portraits not only helps art teachers gain insight into their students' prior knowledge of and experiences with art, but also allows them to use such insight for relevant instruction. Based on constructivist learning theory and with attention to the future implementation of visual culture art education, this study analyzes visual and verbal autobiographical artifacts produced by four adolescent female students to gain insight into their personal interests, knowledge and experiences with art, and artistic development. Conclusions address implications for teaching critical visual culture.
- Volume 10 Number 12:
Smith, K. & McKnight, K. S. Remembering to laught and explore: Improvisational activities for literacy teaching in urban classrooms.
In an effort to push back against contextual factors that have constrained arts instruction and
integration while recognizing that schools have limited resources, The Second City Training Center
in Chicago has developed several educational programs that bring the art of improvisation to
teachers and students. This article specifically focuses on the outreach program called
The Second City Educational Program (TSCEP). Initial data analysis suggests that the
strategies that The Second City artists-in-residence used with teachers and their students
contributed to individual students' self-efficacy and strengthened classroom community,
making possible the opportunity for students who had previously been marginalized to take on
more positive roles in their classrooms and creating inclusive spaces for children with special
needs. The young people's increased engagement led to confidence with expression, helping them
to extend their authoring abilities in both spoken and written forms and to take on the
identity of "author."
- Volume 10 Number 13:
Vaughan, K. A home in the arts: From research/creation to practice or The story of a dissertation in the making, in action - so far!
"What does it mean to 'find home'?" and "How might an experience and understanding of 'home' be represented and enhanced by the art form of collage?" These are the two questions that have been guiding my work and life for several years, in ways this article describes. I outline some basics of my initial formal engagement via my award-winning multi-modal PhD dissertation, Finding Home: Knowledge, Collage and the Local Environments, describing the theories and approaches I propose as a result of this work. I then discuss my first implementation of these ideas in Toronto high school art classes and conclude with an elaboration of the questions' continuing relevance and viability in my own life and for the young people in my community.
- Volume 10 Number 14:
Bernard, R. Music making, transcendence, flow, and music education.
This study explores the relationship between flow, transcendent music making experiences, transcendent religious experiences, and music education. As a teacher-researcher, I studied my graduate students' autobiographical accounts of their experiences making music. Across these narrative writings produced over the past four years, a pattern emerged: many of the texts describe transcendent experiences. Transcendent music making experiences are distinguished by two main qualities: (a) that the performer is functioning at the height of his or her abilities; and (b) that the performer has a sense of being a part of something larger than him or herself in some way. The concept of transcendent music making experiences provides powerful insights into a unique feature of musical engagement. Music educators at all levels can relate to and learn from a more nuanced understanding of the unique qualities of musical engagement.
- Volume 10 Number 15:
Jeffers, C. S. On empathy: The mirror neuron system and art education.
This paper re/considers empathy and its implications for learning in the art
classroom, particularly in light of relevant neuroscientific investigations of the
mirror neuron system recently discovered in the human brain. These
investigations reinterpret the meaning of perception, resonance, and connection,
and point to the fundamental importance of the resonant body in understanding
the world of objects (including objects of art and material culture), and the world
of others (including an intersubjectivity of interdependence). Presenting research
results and classroom experiences, this paper ultimately advocates a move toward
an art education of empathy that integrates caring, cognitive growth, and
sociocultural awareness. This art education would strive to promote a
connectedness in the classroom community--an authentic and resonant kind of
harmony--between self, object, and other, through which the worlds of objects and
others are experienced and made meaningful.
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de Bézenac, C. & Swindells, R. No pain, no gain? Motivation and self-regulation in music learning.
This paper explores the issue of motivation in music learning in higher education by
contextualising data collected as part of the Investigating-Musical-Performance
research project (Welch, et al., 2006-2008). The discussion begins with findings which
suggest that popular, jazz and folk musicians experience more pleasure in musical
activities than their classical counterparts. Also significant are results indicating that
the latter are more influenced by parents and teachers, with the former primarily
motivated by intrinsic factors. In examining these findings, three interrelated themes
are considered: the quality of musicians' motivation, genre-specific learning practices,
and the competencies demanded by particular music systems. Critiquing the sociocultural
assumptions inherent in Western music pedagogy, and the role of external
regulation in formal education systems, a case is made for the importance of
autonomy. Questions are raised about the purpose of music education and
consequences of formalising musics traditionally learnt through direct engagement
with communities of practice.
- Volume 10 Number 17:
Bennett, D., Wrights, D., & Blom, D. Artist academics: Performing the Australian research agenda.
Despite the recent focus on creativity and innovation as the backbone of Western knowledge economies, the presence of the creative arts within universities remains problematic. Australian artist academics who seek a balance between their artistic and academic lives work within a government-directed research environment that is unable to quantify; therefore, to recognize the value of creative research, yet which accepts the funded outcomes of post-graduate practice-based students. This study sought to unravel how artist academics from a variety of non-written creative disciplines perceive the relationships between their roles as artists, researchers and tertiary educators. Three themes were generated from interviews with the artist-academics: (a) creative research and the academy, (b) practice, research, and teaching nexus, and (c) identity. Central to the discussions was the question of whether and how creative work constitutes legitimate research.
- Volume 10 Number 18:
Beck, R. J. The cultivation of students' metaphoric imagination of peace in a creative photography program.
The purpose of Picturing Peace, a digital photography program conducted in 4th and 5th grade classrooms in the U. S. and Northern Ireland, was to enhance students' photographic skills to create visual metaphors of the concept of peace. Two principal research questions were addressed: (a) Could 9-10 year-old students create apt and imaginative photographic metaphors of peace? (b) Would students in diverse cultures produce comparable photographs of peace? A model of peace, metaphoric imagination, and metaphoric interpretation was researched to test the effectiveness of metaphors in promoting visual understanding of peace. Barthes' (1981) critical framework of connotative procedures and linguistic metaphors were used to judge the aptness and imaginativeness of student photographs. Analysis of an archive of approximately 2500 photographs revealed several typical images of peace common to the following three settings: nature, sun/light, community, diversity, place, peace signs, children play, children care, spirituality, and body/hands as subjects. Implications were drawn for the status of the student photographs as metaphors, pictorial concepts, and/or allegories.
- Volume 10 Number 19:
Blair, D. V. Fostering wakefulness: Narrative as a curricular tool in teacher education.
In a music education graduate class addressing teaching and learning strategies
for learners with special needs, teachers were invited to consider the experience of
the children in their music classrooms. Using narrative to enter into the learner's
experience of school, teachers confronted their own perspectives and reconsidered
those of their students. In this article, I seek to connect notions of wakefulness and
empathy as I, too, make meaning of the story of one teacher and her encounter
with Tyler, a learner with special needs in her classroom.
- Volume 10 Number 20:
Udo, J. P, & Fels, D. The development of a new theatrical tradition: Sighted students audio describe school play for a blind and low-vision audience.
In this paper, we discuss our experience of facilitating the development, creation and
execution of audio description for an elementary school production of Fiddler on the
Roof by three grade eight students. The students were supervised by the production's
director, their drama teacher, and assisted by the authors. An actor with experience
describing a live theatre event provided some feedback for the students. Qualitative
insight is gained through a thematic analysis of the describer's student learning journal
and an interview with their drama teacher. The strengths and weaknesses of the
project as perceived by the students and their drama teacher are discussed. Participant
suggestions and solutions are also highlighted.
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Johnson, G., McKee, P., & Ragouzis, P. The sublime and depictions of violence in some contemporary artworks.
Images of extreme and ever more graphic violence are a part of contemporary culture. Since students cannot avoid them, such images should be addressed by aesthetic educators. But this will require a theory for the analysis and evaluation of the aesthetic properties of violent imagery. The main thesis of this essay is that depiction of violence in certain recent art works can be understood as aiming at aesthetic perception of the sublime. We develop a model for interpreting works in this way by first presenting and then drawing on Kant's analysis of aesthetic perception of the sublime. Our thesis is important for both aesthetic and moral education. According to Kant's remarkably sensitive analysis, aesthetic perception of the sublime plays a large role in developing moral and social awareness. Using Kant's theory as our main source, and drawing on some recent artworks for illustrative purposes, we offer an analysis of how artistic depiction of violence may promote moral and social awareness. We nevertheless consider images of extreme violence morally problematic, and outline a model for educating reflection on the morality of using them.
- Volume 10 Number 22:
Reisberg, M., & Han, S. (En)Countering social and environmental messages in The Rainforest Cafe [sic], children's picturebooks, and other visual culture sites.
Our study critically examines social and environmental messages in a range of visual sites educating about rainforest environments. We focus primarily on the Rainforest Cafe, an international series of rainforest-themed edutainment restaurant/stores, whose inherent contradictions between consumption and conservation are quite disturbing when viewed as part of the null curriculum (Hollins, 1996). We then propose an alternate approach to teaching and learning about rainforest environments. This approach teaches students how to deconstruct visual culture environmental messages, such as those in the Rainforest Cafe, fine art, popular films, and children's picturebooks to learn from both accurate and inaccurate images while promoting environmental caring for the rainforest and students' own environments through art.
- Volume 10 Number 23:
You, J. Teaching beginning dance classes in higher education: Learning to teach from an expert dance educator.
This qualitative case study examines the exemplary teaching approaches of an expert Korean dance educator who has been teaching beginning dance classes in higher education. The expert dance educator, possesses 28 years of teaching experience in higher education, is the recipient of a national award, is actively involved in professional activities, and facilitates outstanding student achievements. Data were collected using a variety of sources: interviews with the dance teacher and college students, class observations, videotaped lessons, stimulated recall techniques, and document analyses. Data analysis followed the conventions indicated by Glaser & Strauss (1967) and Glaser (1998). Four teaching characteristics of the expert dance educator were, through these means, discovered and emphasized: (1) reflecting and expressing students' lives through dance movements, (2) teaching beyond dance technique, (3) employing diverse teaching techniques in order to achieve diverse learning experiences, and (4) designing and implementing dance festivals and similar occasions for evaluating students' learning.
- Volume 10 Number 24:
Dixon, M. & Senior, K. Traversing theory and transgressing academic discourses: Arts-based research in teacher education.
Pre-service teacher education is marked by linear and sequential programming
which offers a plethora of strategies and methods (Cochran-Smith & Zeichner,
2005; Darling Hammond & Bransford, 2005; Grant & Zeichner, 1997). This
paper emerges from a three year study within a core education subject in preservice
teacher education in Australia. This 'practitioner' research (Zeichner,
1999) engaged the problematics of authentic and meaningful learner-centred
teaching and learning through an arts-based curriculum. Over the period of the
study, two hundred and eighty pre-service teachers participated in a 'dialogical
performance'(Conquergood, 2003) of pedagogy about curriculum and
assessment through the construction of art about curriculum and assessment.
The possibilities of an arts-based pedagogy in pre-service education were affirmed by the research. An enacted epistemological move by the teachereducators
led to similar shifts by the students. This opened a space for the
reappearance of learner through engagements with identities, positionings and
agency. This was an act of 'putting theory to work' (Lather, 2006, 2007) and
invoked transgressive practices of academic discourses.
- Volume 10 Number 25:
Caine, V. & Steeves, P. Imagining and playfulness in narrative inquiry.
Our personal and professional lives draw us to a shared interest in 'identity' and
'relationships', and our understanding is shaped by our lives as narrative inquirers. As
we struggle to name this complexity we begin to play with metaphors; the metaphor of
'kites', and thus string, kite and kite flyer provide us with a way to think about
imagining and playfulness in relationships and in narrative inquiry. As we play with
these metaphors we see how much our understanding of relationships shape our being
and engagement with others and that imagination is inextricably intertwined within our
lives and our relationships. By attending to this playfulness, our spaces of knowing
enlarge and spaces of possibility are never ending; yet embedded in these possibilities
is also a recognition of how difficult it is to stay in relation, to remain wakeful to the
tensions and boulders of the landscapes and stories we live within.
- Volume 10 Number 26:
Upitis, R. Developing ecological habits of mind through the arts.
This study describes the experiences of nine school-based artists who took part in a
six-day professional development course on ecology and the arts at an off-grid
wilderness facility. The course was designed to increase artist-educators'
awareness of issues surrounding energy use and consumption as well as to provide
them with direction for approaching these topics through arts-based learning in
schools. Analyzing participants' views regarding renewable and non-renewable energy
use, as well as documenting anticipated changes in personal and professional
practices, were two important aspects of the research. Data were collected through
observations and field notes over the six-day period, and through semi-standardized
interviews which were conducted at the end of the course. Participants also completed
an on-line survey regarding various energy conservation and consumption issues before
arriving for the course. In the interviews, the artist- educators detailed what they
learned about thermal mass, solar power, and consumer purchasing patterns. Most
participants anticipated making changes in their home lives, such as cooking with
locally available produce. Participants also described anticipated interactions with
teachers and students upon returning to their local schools, both in terms of content
related to energy conservation and ways that they would approach this topic through
their respective art forms. Some participants also indicated how they anticipated
changing their own artistic practices in their studio settings, such as switching
to less toxic materials and using fewer consumable items. Having the opportunity
to live at an off-grid wilderness facility was a key feature of the course for all
of the artist-educators who took part in the experience.
- Volume 10 Number 27:
Davidson, J., Dottin, J. W. Jr., Penna, S. L., & Robertson, S. P. Visual sources and the qualitative research dissertation: Ethics, evidence and the politics of academia--Moving innovation in higher education from the center to the margins.
Until recently, qualitative research has made limited use of visual sources,
particularly visual texts (drawing, painting or photographs), but also including
multimodal data (video and web-based) and visual data (tables, graphs, charts, etc.).
Thus, discussions of ethics and evidence in this area have lagged behind those
related to textual data, such as written fieldnotes. This is particularly true for
qualitative research dissertations, where graduate students are caught in the tension
between established and emerging standards of ethics and evidence. This trend
holds true across most institutions of higher education, but it is especially
pronounced in those schools that are smaller and more regionally focused where
innovations may take more time to become firmly established. This paper examines
issues of ethics, evidence, and academic politics in the use of visual sources within
the genre of the dissertation, with a special focus on the ways these innovative
practices move into the higher education institutions that are at a distance from the
center of change. We begin with the viewpoint of a dissertation advisor who has
experience in the use of visual sources in the instruction of qualitative research at
the doctoral level and its use in the conduct of qualitative research dissertations.
Three case examples drawn from three doctoral students in a Graduate School of
Education provide a view of the issues involved in researcher generated data,
participant generated data, and the ways emerging technologies offer new
visualizing possibilities. We conclude with a cross-cutting discussion of issues
related to the functions visual sources serve in these dissertations, followed by
recommendations for the future use of these materials in the qualitative research
dissertation process. Study participants are located in a small, regional institution of
higher education, a context that figures importantly in the story. Our goal is to
promote discussion and advance understanding of the ways visual sources, and by
extension, the ways other innovative research processes can be used by qualitative
researchers (particularly doctoral students), despite academia's reluctance in the
face of change.
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Russell-Bowie, D. Syntegration or disintegration? Models of integrating the arts across the primary curriculum.
In a time when schools are focussing on increasing their numeracy and literacy
scores, teachers are often required to spend the majority of their time teaching
Mathematics and English and have little time left for the arts and other subjects.
This has led to some teachers developing integrated programs in order to cover all
the required learning experiences. However, practitioners and researchers have
found that in many cases, integration results in superficial learning with few
subject-specific outcomes being achieved. This paper presents three models or
levels of integration (service connections, symmetric correlations and
syntegration) where curriculum subjects can work together to achieve subjectspecific
as well as generic outcomes, then gives examples of how these models
can be used within the primary school curriculum. It concludes with a real-life
example of a syntegrated learning project.
- Volume 10 Number 29:
Kan, K. H. Caught in the betwixt-and-between: Visual narrative of an Asian artist-scholar.
Juxtaposing visual images with stories, this work addresses the formation of my transnational identity and my experience in the "betwixt-and-between," illustrating my struggles as artist, scholar, and international faculty member at an Anglo American university. I exacerbate tensions between my professional and attributed identities tocomplicate and problematize my other identity--neatly constructed as a faculty member of color by the corporate management of U.S. higher education. Recontextualizing within colonialized discourse as inquiry mode, my visual narrative conveyed as photocollage-cum-essay shows how I came to accept rootlessness as a form of empowerment. The substantive findings include strategies to maintain integrity in such an existence: cherishing the vitality of the senses, preserving the vernacular in the voice, and summoning volition from my Asianity. Drawn from the visual narrative that helped me come to terms with my "out-of-placeness," some suggestions to expand the scholarship of teaching learning by combining it with personal creative works and research interest are offered.
Portrayals of Curriculum as Aesthetic Text
- Volume 10 Portrayal 1:
Moser, J. Perspectives in time: Using the arts to teach Proust and his world.
Arts resources available on the Internet and DVDs provide a flexible, richly resonant, student-friendly framework for a coordinated study of the connections between the style and structure of Proust's novel and the social and cultural worlds he depicts. In Search of Lost Time, a product of an artistic revolution as well as a critical and historical contemplation of the question of how this revolution came about, looks back towards the arts of previous generations, compelling its readers to adopt a multitude of approaches in order to move forward into the Proustian world. A deeper, more intimate understanding of the world of the Search can be achieved in any classroom anywhere by integrating carefully selected electronic resources for film, architecture, painting, music, costume, decor and dance with the teaching of the written text. In particular, perspective in contemporary painting as a model for Proust's innovations in narrative plays an important role in this study.
- Volume 10 Portrayal 2:
Riddett-Moore, K. Encouraging empathy through aesthetic engagement: An art lesson in living compositions.
This paper demonstrates how aesthetic engagement can encourage empathy and caring
in the art classroom. As artful inquiry, this hybrid form of arts-based educational
research and teacher research examines my own classroom practice and pedagogy
exploring how aesthetics can become a philosophy of care. Part 1 outlines the Living
Compositions Exercise, an introductory activity students play to introduce the concepts
of space, relationship, and care, and a discussion on how this is an aesthetic experience
that encourages empathy. Part 2, Inquiry into Piazza, addresses how student inquiry,
artistic critique, and dialogue can lead to self-formation through art. The outcome of
aesthetic engagement here is to promote empathetic response and action, which is
manifested through the living inquiry of the students.
- Volume 10 Portrayal 3:
Heid, K., Estabrook, M., & Nostrant, C. Dancing with line: Inquiry, democracy, and aesthetic development as an approach to art education.
This qualitative study examines an art lesson in a multiage inquiry-based charter
school. The arts curriculum focused on democratic process, dialogical interaction,
aesthetic and imaginative understanding, and visual culture art education. Questions
considered in the research were: Within an inquiry-based setting what might an art
lesson look like? How does creating a dialogical/democratic art classroom support
inquiry-based learning? How does an inquiry-based art classroom support and
extend creativity and imagination? How might an inquiry-based elementary art
curriculum incorporate visual culture? The inquiry process gave students the
latitude to practice individual creativity. Imaginative processes were engaged as
students planned their own lesson, created their own problems, and expressed their
answers through a performance.
- Volume 10 Review 1:
Duncum, P. International dialogues about visual culture, education, and art: A review essay.
Mason, R., & Eca, T. (Eds.). (2008). International dialogues about visual culture, education, and art.
Bristol, UK. Intellect. ISBN: 978-1-84150-167-3.
This anthology originated in an international congress for teachers, museum educators,
curators and others involved in art education in March 2006. With 42 contributors from 16
countries offering 25 chapters organized in terms of five themes, it is a rich brew. My own
thoughts are organized in terms of the keywords used in the book's title: International,
dialogues, visual culture, education, and art.
- Volume 10 Review 2:
Christiansen, A. The beauty and spirituality of mathematics: A review essay.
Witz, K. (2007). Spiritual aspirations connected with mathematics: The experience of American
mathematics students. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN: 978-0-7734-5210-7.
"The intention of mathematics teaching is to promote the learning of mathematics"
is a statement that will be challenged by few. This book gives portraits of
students and focuses on consciousness and inspiration, values and experiences
in mathematics - it tries to uncover why some students find inspiration in the
subject of mathematics.
- Volume 10 Review 3:
Baldacchino, J. Opening the picture: On the political responsibility of arts-based research: A review essay.
Knowles, J.G., & Cole, A.L. (2008). Handbook of the arts in qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4129-0531-2.
This article reviews Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research, edited by J.
Gary Knowles and Ardra L. Cole. Knowles and Cole effectively present a sound
and solid approach to the field of arts-based research by putting together a wide
horizon of practices and approaches through a comprehensive and effective
discussion of the myriad diverse implications for all the arts. Furthermore, by
inviting some of the best practitioners and researchers in the field to contribute to
this project, Knowles and Coles optimize not only the innovative outcomes of arts-
based research, but also open further possibilities within the discipline. Given this
book's sheer volume and comprehensive nature, this review is selective and it elects
to engage with the political responsibilities that emerge from the discourse and
practices of arts-based research. While commending this volume, this review is
critical over Knowles' and Cole's choice to frame arts research within social
scientific research. In this respect, this review proposes to run in parallel with this
book's well-argued treatment of arts-based research in order to effect and suggest a
further layer of discussion. By valorizing the exciting avenues opened by arts-based
research, here it is argued that while holding relevance to all disciplines, including
the social and natural sciences, the arts must claim their own autonomous grounds
of legitimacy as a distinct and specific research paradigm--which is where the
political pertinence of the arts must gain further attention and salience.
- Volume 10 Review 4:
Warburton, E.C. The world is dancing: A review essay.
Shapiro, S. (Ed.). (2008). Dance in a world of change: Reflections on globalization and cultural difference. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN: 978-1-7360-6943-4.
The idea that a process of globalization is underway - bringing about basic changes in
human arts and affairs - is not new. Marx and Engels recognized it in 1848, when they
wrote in The Communist Manifesto about a "constantly expanding market ... [that]
must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere."
Marx and Engels knew that they were witnessing the emergence of a global marketplace:
a worldwide system of production and consumption that disregarded national and cultural
boundaries. Like Marx and Engels, the early 20th century Russian-born ballet impresario,
Sergei Diaghilev, welcomed the move toward internationalism, not only for the increasing
wealth it produced but also because he recognized it could offer artists unparalleled
opportunities to create, collaborate, and gain worldwide acclaim and influence. For
twenty years, his "Ballet Russes" toured the world, creating a sensation everywhere
and invigorating the arts of dance, music and scenic design in its wake. Diaghilev
brought his extravagant ballets to large and small venues: he did not try to understand
the diverse audiences or simplify the productions for them. It was elitist education by
elite example and, by all accounts, the local elites loved him for it.
- Volume 10 Review 5:
White, J. H. Soft landings: A review essay.
Sennett, R. (Ed.). (2008). The craftsman. New Haven: Yale University. 326 pages. ISBN: 978-0-300-11909-1.
The incident depicted, US Air flight 1549, which was piloted
to safety by Stephen Sullenberger on January 15, 2009, and
that image, wings bobbing, floatation pontoons outstretched,
and passengers walking on water seemed a prophetic
apparition. The result was so un-Katrina, with its culture of
meritocracy, so un-Wall Street, with its leveraging, and so unpost-
structural, with its free-floating signifiers. Here
community worked together to produce stunning results: not
heroics; not criticality; and not creativity. This, rather, was a soft landing,
- Volume 10 Review 6:
Lum, C. H. Infant musicality: A review essay.
Tafuri, J. (2008). Infant musicality: New research for educators and parents. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing. 212 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7546-6506-9.
Johanella Tafuri's research study on infant musical development presents a series of findings that speak to the diversity and variation in infants' musical growth within a detailed context in which their musical skills (particularly the ability to sing in tune) develop. It points to the importance of providing parents with sustained opportunities for interactions in singing and subsequently sustained musical engagement between parents, particularly mothers, and their children throughout the early years. The research study is significant in that it is the first longitudinal study, after Moog's 1961 study, that gives focus to this very young age group (0 to 3 years), dealing with "the systematic study of the development of several musical abilities through observation of the skills gradually learned by the same group of children, stimulated by an appropriate programme of activities (inCanto project) and accompanied by the support of family members" (p. 3). The book should be of interest to parents, educators and researchers in providing a sound theoretical foundation for early childhood music education while providing useful practical music activities for parents and educators to consider in their interaction with children at home and in school.
- Volume 10 Review 7:
Kim, J-H. The 'text as thou' in qualitative research: Carving the artist-self within the researcher-self: A review essay.
Leavy, P. (2009). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice. New York: The Guilford Press. ISBN 978-1-59385-259-7.
This review essay is a personal reflection on Method Meets Art written by Patricia Leavy. It
describes how the book helps the author come to terms with an artist/researcher identity and
how it leads to the understanding of a text as Thou, expanding on Buber's "I-Thou"
- Volume 10 Review 8:
Leggo, C. (2009). Poetry of place: A review essay.
Hermsen, T. (2009). Poetry of place: Helping students write their worlds. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English. 217 pages. ISBN 978-0-8141-3608-9.
Our Terry Hermsen's Poetry of Place: Helping Students Write Their Worlds is a
remarkable book--one of the most engaging and hopeful books about teaching
poetry that I know. Hermsen offers: thoughtful discussions of practice informed by
theory as well as theory informed by practice; a well-conceived and carefully
conducted research project; creative lessons for enthusing lively encounters in
classrooms; and, engaging poetry by both well-known writers and student writers.
He offers an abundance of gifts, all in one book.
- Volume 10 Review 9:
Lindström, L. (2009). Studio thinking: A review essay.
Hetland, L., Winner, E., Veenema, S., & Sheridan, K. M. (2007). Studio thinking: The real benefits of visual arts education. New York: Teachers College Press.
Studio Thinking addresses two issues of vital importance to the arts: a) students' ability to
transfer knowledge and skills learned in one situation to other situations where they may be
relevant, and b) the role of studio art as compared to other more academic approaches to the
- Volume 9 Number 1:
Cuero, K. Venturing into unknown territory: Using aesthetic representation to understand reading comprehension.
Based on Elliot Eisner's notions of multiple forms of representation and Rosenblatt's
aesthetic/efferent responses to reading, a teacher educator/researcher had her
undergraduate students explore their connections, using aesthetic representations,
to a course entitled Reading Comprehension. Each aesthetic representation
revealed the complexities of Reading Comprehension in unique ways through a variety of
media including: interior classroom design, culinary arts, quilting, music, and martial
arts. The teacher educator invited five of the students from the course to participate
in monthly collaborative inquiry sessions during the subsequent semester (lasting five months)
where students articulated the aesthetic process they underwent. Benefits and applicability of
using aesthetic representations in the university classroom are explored in the final section
of the article.
- Volume 9 Number 2:
Prendergast, M. Teacher as performer: Unpacking a metaphor in performance theory and critical performative pedagogy.
This survey paper explores the interdisciplinary literature of performance theory and critical
performative pedagogy in an attempt to consider metaphorical applications of performance to
pedagogy. This exploration involves looking at teaching as performance in the broadest cultural
sense of the word - interested more in efficacy of communication and mutual empathetic
understanding - than in the more commonly-held economic, technological and political senses of
performance which are more interested in setting, raising, and maintaining standards of efficiency
and effectiveness (see McKenzie, 2001). In examining these issues in both performance studies and
education, the conclusions are that educational researchers and teacher educators can benefit
significantly from a critical awareness of the proliferation of metaphors for teaching as
performance that highlight both aesthetic and socio-political challenges inherent in a life
in the classroom.
- Volume 9 Number 3:
Edström, A-M. To rest assured: A study of artistic development.
This article concerns artistic development within the context of a Master of
Fine Arts program in visual arts in Sweden, and presents an empirical study
based on repeated interviews with a group of art students. The aim is to contribute
to our present understanding of artistic development by focusing on changes in the
relation between the student and his/her artistic work as part of their artistic development.
The study describes and analyzes the character of these changes, within the theoretical frame
of phenomenographic research on learning. The notion of 'resting assured' is used to
describe the main characteristic of the qualitative change found in the relation
between the student and his/her artistic work. To 'rest assured' refers to a state
of trust in their own ability that the students develop. Findings are discussed from
an educational theoretical perspective, emphasizing the connection between self-direction
and resting assured.
- Volume 9 Number 4:
Ogunduyile, S. R., Kayode, F, & Ojo, B. Art and design practices in Nigeria: The problem of dropping out.
Despite interest in the arts, art and design practice in Nigeria continues to witness a
downward trend. A new orientation and redirection of priorities, skills development,
and patterns of practice that are not contradictory to the code of professional conduct
and ethical procedures is contemplated. This paper groups the professionally trained
artists and designers into two categories: the academic and the roadside artists. The
various art and design schools are responsible for training of graduates in the various
disciplines of Fine Art and Industrial Design such as in graphics, textiles and ceramics
designs, interior decoration, printmaking, sculpture, painting, art history, and art
education. It is expected that graduates in these options keep the professional banner
flying and earn the profession very high societal repute through practice and ethics.
It appears the reverse is presently the case, as most trained artists, designers,
and craftsmen are jettisoning art practice for other jobs like banking, salesmanship,
trading, general contractorship, or politics. Although factors impeding professional
practices in Nigeria are intended to be highlighted, the paper also intends to promote
the practice of Art and Design in Nigeria. Interactions between authors and dropout
artists were analyzed in this paper. Craftsmen and industrial designers are encouraged
to seek patronage in order to bring the profession to an enviable standard.
- Volume 9 Number 5:
Quinn, R. D. & Calkin, J. A dialogue in words and images between two artists doing Arts-Based Educational Research.
Over ten years ago, Tom Barone and Elliot Eisner (1997) described seven features of
existing artistic approaches to educational inquiry. Their chapter dealt primarily with
written, prosaic forms of Arts-Based Educational Research, or ABER, particularly
educational criticism and narrative storytelling. In their concluding section, Barone and
Eisner recognize the limitless possibilities of utilizing non-linguistic forms of
representation to conduct ABER. It is the thesis of our paper that such forms might be
considered Research-Based Art (RBA), given the shift in emphasis from linguistic to
non-linguistic ways of representing what it is that we come to know about our world. While
ABER is considerably broad, we seek to apply as specifically as possible Barone and Eisner's
categorical structure to our own RBA. We do so by defining RBA, reconceptualizing Barone and
Eisner's seven features as they pertain to RBA, and providing excerpts of our own dialog in
applying the seven features to a specific aspect of Jamie's doctoral dissertation.
Specifically, we discuss how our understanding and use of RBA compares and contrasts
with Barone and Eisner's seven features of ABER.
- Volume 9 Number 6:
Chen, Y-T. & Walsh, D. J. Understanding, experiencing, and appreciating the arts: Folk pedagogy in two elementary schools in Taiwan.
Drawing on Bruner's notion of folk pedagogy, this research explores how Chinese aesthetic
education is perceived and valued at two elementary schools in Taiwan. Using qualitative
methods, the research explores how arts teachers guide children to experience arts through
the arts curricula in school and the local culture. The study reveals that the two schools
share a respect for nature and a concern for local culture. The seven arts teachers' folk
pedagogy includes the desire to connect beauty and arts learning, develop children's
aesthetic feelings, cultivate children's character, and integrate arts into everyday
life. The teachers' shared views provide a broad picture of these folk beliefs in Taiwan
as well as a cultural lens for examining aesthetic education in Taiwan and the larger Asian culture.
- Volume 9 Number 7:
Rolling, Jr., J. H. Sites of contention and critical thinking in the elementary art classroom: A political cartooning project.
In this paper, the author explores the concept of childhood as a social category that
impedes the perception of youngsters as critical thinkers in a visual culture. The author
interrogates regularities within contemporary public schooling that work to represent the
intellectual and cultural development of youngsters as the project of adult industry.
Contrary to this representation, the author recounts the critical awareness and personal
agency exercised by a group of 4th graders who engaged in a political cartooning exercise
while examining the theme of social justice. The article includes an examination of the
social construction of the concept of childhood as it intersects the discourse of Western
socio-cultural superiority and the opening of sites of contention as a pedagogical strategy.
- Volume 9 Number 8:
Upitis, R., Smithrim, K., Garbati, J., & Ogden, H. The impact of art-making in the university workplace.
Beginning in the summer of 2002, a Queen's University arts education research team has met weekly
for art-making sessions. This research paper describes how this long-term art-making practice has
influenced the personal and professional lives of the team, based on semi-standardized interviews
with six participants and one observer of the art-making group. Several key themes arose from the
analysis, including the growth and deepening of relationships amongst participants, the sense of
losing track of time while engaged in art-making, and the importance of art-making sessions
bringing a temporary reprive from work-related demands. These themes resonate strongly with the
scholarly literature and empirical work on embodied knowing, creativity, and non-formal adult
- Volume 9 Number 9:
Bell, A. P. The heart of the matter: Composing music with an adolescent with special needs.
As a support worker for adolescents with special needs, I have found that they have few
opportunities to play music. While previous research emphasizes that students with special
needs can enjoy music in multiple capacities, little has been written about their ability to
play, improvise, or compose. I employed a qualitative approach for this case study in which a
17-year-old male with Down syndrome attended two 40-minute music sessions a week over the
course of three months with me as the researcher and musical accompanist. Video was used
to document the teacher-learner experience as the participant explored collaborative
improvising and computer-based recording. General suggestions are made for supporting
adolescents with special needs in music.
- Volume 9 Number 10:
Pitts, S. Extra-curricular music in UK schools: Investigating the aims, experiences and
impact of adolescent musical participation.
This article uses contemporary and retrospective accounts of extra-curricular music-making in
schools to evaluate the extent to which performance opportunities in the teenage years can
shape lifelong engagement in music. Empirical evidence is presented from a two phase study:
the first looking at a high school musical production through questionnaires and audio diaries;
the second using written life history accounts to gather memories of school music and its lasting
impact. The experiences of participants and non-participants are considered, and the benefits
and costs of the large-scale performance events which characterise British secondary school
music are evaluated in a discussion of the future of extra-curricular music in changing musical
and educational times.
- Volume 9 Number 11:
Andrews, B. W. The odyssey project: Fostering teacher learning in the arts.
Canada's national cultural institutions and its largest bilingual university entered into a
partnership to offer an integrated arts summer program for classroom teachers which featured
artists collaborating with teachers to enhance their arts learning and improve their
instructional expertise. This inquiry focused on a description of those dimensions of an
arts partnership which foster teachers' personal arts learning. Findings indicate that an
emerging group culture within the class, characterized by a sense of community, comfort and
mutual support, fosters trust, emotional openness and personal risk-taking. These dimensions
of the program enabled teachers to explore their own creativity, examine their thoughts and
feelings, acknowledge each other's views, understand different perspectives, and engage
successfully in artistic activities.
- Volume 9 Number 12:
Wiggins, R. A. & Wiggins, J. Primary music education in the absence of specialists.
Many schools worldwide rely exclusively on generalist teachers for music
instruction at the primary level yet we know little about these teachers, their
preparation for the task, and what they actually do in the classroom when
teaching music. The extant literature in this area has focused primarily on
boosting generalist teachers' confidence to teach music. Little attention has been
given to their musical knowledge base and thus their competence for teaching
music. This paper reports the results of an investigation of music teaching in one
national school system that has almost no specialist teachers at the primary level.
Drawing from questionnaire data augmented by classroom observations and
interviews, the authors describe the nature and quality of music teaching in this
system highlighting the issues that arose for these teachers.
- Volume 9 Interlude 1:
Rolling, Jr., J. H. Rethinking relevance in art education: Paradigm shifts
and policy problematics in the wake of the Information Age.
This article addresses the advocacy of organizations like the National Art Education
Association who seek greater legislative support, funding and time allocations to be
devoted to arts instruction and the development of arts practices in the arena of public
education. The author argues the timeliness of a reconceived paradigm for understanding
and advocating the relevancy of arts practices in the wake of the Information Age. This
article seeks to rethink the semiotics defining art in an era of shifting paradigms and
as contextualized in contemporary educational policy.
- Volume 9 Interlude 2:
Kindler, A. M. Art, creativity, art education and civil society.
The terms embedded in the title of my paper: Art, Creativity, Art Education and Civil Society
seem intrinsically linked. In art history, theory and education literature there are abundant
references describing art as a powerful manifestation of the human creative potential. The role
and value of art in a society have traditionally been emphasized with the power of art to both
cater to as well as nurture desires and aspirations relevant to the wellbeing of a collective
and promoting civility and peace in human interactions. The field of Art Education has long
argued the merits of its existence using the rationale of both the intrinsic value of art as
well as the extrinsic benefits to a broader realm of human condition through its contribution
to quality of life of individuals and societies. Claims that art has the capacity to uplift the
spirit, support civility, and provide impetus for moral conduct through its probing appeal to the
human psyche have become commonplace.
- Volume 8 Number 1:
Costantino, Tracie. Articulating aesthetic understanding through art making.
In this article I will present case study research of an elementary school art teacher who provided both verbal and visual means for
students to respond to art while on a museum field trip. I will focus on how the studentsi drawings from memory and artwork in their
sketchbooks present compelling articulations of their understandings of certain artworks. I will also discuss how their reflective
writing about the field trip supports and elaborates on their visual articulation, and how the studentsi works are manifestations of
qualitative reasoning, visual thinking, and imaginative cognition (Efland, 2004) in addition to linguistic thinking. Through this
discussion, I hope to illustrate the essential role of imagebased, nonlinguistic thinking (as in visual thinking, qualitative
reasoning, and imagination) in interpreting and expressing understanding of works of art.
- Volume 8 Number 2:
Lind, Vicki. High quality professional development:
An investigation of the supports for and barriers to professional
development in arts education.
This study focused on a model of professional development designed to support and encourage arts educators to increase their
understanding of student learning in the arts, broaden their knowledge of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards, build upon their
repertoire of teaching methods and assessment strategies, and improve leadership skills. Data included 300 hours of observation, focus
group and individual interviews, written responses to reflective prompts, unit plans, video and audio tapes, and samples of student
work collected over a two year period. Findings indicated that working collaboratively, focusing on student learning, and identifying
and planning curriculum around issues central to the discipline positively impacted teachers work. The issue of time constraints was
consistently identified as a barrier to professional growth.
- Volume 8 Number 3: Wallin, Jason.
Between Public and Private:
Negotiating the Location of Art Education
This article seeks to articulate developing trends in art education and practice, locating such movements within the broader cultural
contexts of globalization, neoliberal capitalism, and postmodernity. Against this more general synopsis, the autobiographical position
of the author as a student and teacher of art will be elucidated as inextricably entwined with such cultural movements. This
entwinement will be understood both in terms of its capacity to "position" the subject, and yet concomitantly as a site of
disavowal, refusal, and subjective agency. In this manner, the personal commitment of the author to art education will be developed in
a way to implicate early school and familial experiences with art. Such early autobiographical experiences arguably form the
coordinates of our identities as art educators, and similarly, constitute the key issues with which we must necessarily grapple in
pedagogical practice. It is in negotiation with such issues and early enculturation that this article argues our relationship to art
curriculum and practice is located.
- Volume 8 Number 4:
Macintyre Latta, M.; Buck, G. & Beckenhauer, A.
Formative assessment requires artistic vision
This two-year study focused on the lived terms of inquiry in middle-school science classrooms. The conditions that enable teachers to
see and act on science learning as ongoing inquiry were deliberately sought in Year 2. Nine science teachers participated in search of
capacities connecting curriculum, teaching, and assessment for greater student and teacher inquiry. An online logbook chronicled this
search, serving as a dialogic medium revealing a movement of teachers seeking out and seizing back possibilities for teaching and
learning in relation to the given realities of classrooms. The nature and role of formative assessments in support of learning were
encountered as the obstacle to be worked out in teachersi practical action. The necessary interpretive eye and capacity to act in
accordance with the dynamic character of formative assessments became the task at hand for teachers and researchers. This task
demanded artistic teaching visions, attending to the creation of student meaning on an individual and collective basis. The
difficulty, alongside the necessity, of educating artistic teaching visions offered glimpses into how formative assessment use holds
potential to restore the participatory dynamic integral to learning. The philosophical/theoretical ground of arts based educational
research was found to offer much potential to science inquiry, linking processproduct- learner in support of formative assessment use
and offering implications for a participatory mode of professional development.
- Volume 8 Number 5:
Hudson, P., & Hudson, S. Examining preservice teachers'
preparedness for teaching art.
The Australian Federal Government's call for another teacher education inquiry aims to investigate preservice teacher preparedness for
teaching. Art education was selected for this study as the teaching of art education in primary schools occurs in less than ideal
conditions and may often be avoided by generalist primary teachers (Russell-Bowie, 2002). Eightyseven final-year preservice teachers
were surveyed on their perceptions of their preparedness for teaching primary art education at the conclusion of their Bachelor of
Education program. The 39 survey items were derived from the New South Wales Creative Arts K-6 State Syllabus (Board of Studies, 2000)
across four stage levels (i.e., early stage 1, stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3). Percentages and mean scale scores suggested that these
final-year preservice teachers believed they were generally prepared to teach art education in primary schools as a result of a
preservice teacher education visual arts unit. Nevertheless, more than 10% of preservice teachers indicated they could not agree or
strongly agree that they could provide 20 of the 39 teaching practices advocated by the syllabus and 20% indicated this for 7 of the
39 teaching practices. Tertiary education institutions need to be proactive in responding to the challenge of determining preservice
teachers' preparedness for teaching. Surveys linked to a state syllabus may assist in assessing preservice teachers' perceptions of
their preparedness for teaching and may provide valuable information for further development of tertiary education coursework.
- Volume 8 Number 6:
Brown, Andrew R. Software development as music education research.
This paper discusses how software development can be used as a method for music education research. It explains how software
development can externalize ideas, stimulate action and reflection, and provide evidence to support the educative value of new
software-based experiences. Parallels between the interactive software development process and established research methods are drawn,
with particular focus on action research, case study, and activity theory. A new approach to arts educational research called Software
Development as Research (SoDaR) is proposed. The paper includes examples from the author's use of this approach when developing the
jam2jam software to facilitate networked music improvisation experiences for young children.
- Volume 8 Number 7:
Taylor, P. G., Wilder, S. O., & Helms, K. R. Walking with a Ghost:
Arts-based research, music videos, and the re-performing body.
In folk-rock duo Tegan and Sara's 2004 music video Walking with a Ghost, two women face one another, mirrored images in black and
white. One is dressed in black - grunge shirt, pants and boots, while the other stands barefoot in a simple white dress. The
black-clad figure removes three red paper hearts from her twin's chest, leaving crimson gashes in her clothing as the white-clad twin
morphs into three mutilated figures. The wounded trio sings to their other self, "no matter which way you go, no matter which way you
stay, you're out of my mind, out of my mind . . ." In this article, we respond to the ways that Tegan and Sara's music video relies
on their twin bodies as visual and metaphorical narrative devices as well as sites for re-inscribing cultural memory. We do this by
presenting and analyzing our personal audiovisual responses (hypertextual video shorts) to Walking with a Ghost. Employing an
autoethnographic arts-based research approach, we visually and metaphorically inscribe our own video bodies with text and images to
explore personal and cultural reactions. Further, using the experiences of a graduate art education technology class' work with the
video, we share the curricular implications for understanding how memory and the body affect, inform, and alter human perception.
- Volume 8 Number 8:
Wright, S. . Graphic-narrative play:
Young children's authoring through drawing and telling.
This arts-based research illustrates how young children engage in 'graphic-narrative play' - a personal fantasy-based experience
depicted on paper - while representing imaginary worlds centered on the topic, what the future will be like. The descriptions
how the children not only made representations, but also manipulated these in abstract ways as they created and recreated images,
ideas and feelings. The findings illustrate how the child becomes a cast of one, taking on multiple roles (i.e., artist,
director, scripter, performer and narrator) and selecting when and how to play with all the available voices offered through the
multimodal media - drawing, 'telling', dramatization, expressive sound effects, gesture and movement. These multiple texts involved
embodied authoring - layers of visual and physical action, character development, plot scheme, scenery and running narrative
in harmony, simultaneously. Children's open-ended construction of meaning surfaced content that reflected universal story themes such
as good-evil and capturing-defending, and their voices often were powerful, humorous, philosophical and reflective. Yet the
sequencing of events did not necessarily follow linear structures - instead, the children worked within fluid structures.
- Volume 8 Number 9:
Albertson, C., & Davidson, M. Drawing with Light and Clay: Teaching and Learning in the Art Studio
as Pathways to Engagement.
In this essay, Albertson and Davidson explore the attributes of photography and ceramic arts
education to identify eight key elements integral to engagement in these art studios for
under-served and disenchanted learners. They suggest that these key elements can provide
numerous clues as to how teachers and school communities might reimagine both their mission
and approach to classroom practice. Through this exploration, they relate literature on apprentice
models of teaching and learning, relational education, resiliency theory, and care in the context
of classroom practice to their experience and research into teaching and learning in photography
and ceramic arts. Albertson and Davidson believe that what is good for the most vulnerable
learners, is good for others too, and by bringing these attributes to light, it is their goal
to illustrate some of the ways that all teachers might build pathways to engagement for their
own "tough audiences" in all subject areas.
- Volume 8 Number 10:
Zoss, M., Smagorinsky, P., & O'Donnell-Allen, C. Mask-Making as Representational Process: Situated Composition
of an Identity Project in a Senior English Class.
Eisner, Gardner, and others have argued that the arts should be better integrated into the K-12
curriculum. In this study we examine three high school senior boys who, as part of a unit of
instruction on identity, each produced a mask through which he artistically expressed his
sense of self. Using a sociocultural framework based in the work of Vygotsky, we analyzed the
boys' composition of their masks in terms of their goals for working on the project, the material
and psychological tools they employed to produce the masks, and the settings in which they learned
how to use their compositional tools for such purposes. Based on both concurrent and retrospective
protocols that the boys produced in conjunction with composing their masks, we investigated their
processes of composition as what Gee terms identity projects; i.e., as efforts to project
themselves into their mask texts and as part of their long-term projects to explore and develop
their personal and socially-situated identities. Each participant used the mask-making composition
as an occasion for inscribing his experiences, beliefs, and emotions into the text, albeit in
different ways and toward different ends. The study concludes with a consideration of the use
of arts in literacy education, a reconsideration of the limitations of language-based-only
conceptions of literacy, and the possibilities for expanded learning opportunities when
English/Language Arts classes open up students' textual tool kits to allow for broader
opportunities to engage with the curriculum.
- Volume 8 Number 11:
Davenport, M. G. Between Tradition and Tourism: Educational Strategies of a Zapotec Artisan.
This case study examines the teaching and learning strategies employed by a Zapotec weaver
in Oaxaca, Mexico, to draw attention to the personal agency of indigenous artisans participating
in the tourist economy, and to examine ways in which non-formal and informal education in skills
and understandings related to art can function in the lives of real people, especially members
of less privileged cultural groups. Among the strategies employed by this artisan are
intergenerational transfer, self-directed research, experimentation, and workshops.
Implications for art education include consideration of economic incentives and other
motivations for art-related learning in this and other settings.
- Volume 8 Number 12:
Lynch, H., & Allan, J. Target Practice? Using the Arts for Social Inclusion.
Use of creative processes as a tool for social inclusion has gathered momentum in recent years.
This article reports the views of education professionals based in Scotland on the use and
effects of targeting. While this strategy aims to improve access to those communities
considered marginal, it is apparent that some of the effects are detrimental to the
development of an equitable approach. Using the framework of social capital we gain
insight into strategies which enable difference to become positive and where the top
down mechanism of targeting is replaced by a dialogical exchange.
- Volume 8 Number 13:
Beattie, M. Creating a Self: A Narrative and Holistic Perspective.
The paper presents insights into the creation and re-creation of a narrative from the perspective
of two female students, Phillipa and Eva, at Corktown Community High School. Corktown is an
alternative high school which focuses on the development of the whole person-creative,
intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and physical. The school is connected to the
external community in significant ways, and there is an emphasis on freedom of expression,
self-government, and autonomy within a collaborative work culture. Their narrative excerpts
show the interconnectedness of the intellectual, imaginative, emotional, and social dimensions
of their lives, and the ways in which they bring all these to bear on the creation of an identity
that is true to the persons they are and to the persons they want to become. Phillipa and Eva
provide insights into the realities and complexities of adolescents' lives, and the ways in
which these two young women learned to refigure the past and to engage in the ongoing process
of creating new narratives for their lives in which they could be successful both personally
- Volume 8 Number 14:
Aitken, V., Fraser, D., & Price, G. Negotiating the Spaces: Relational Pedagogy and Power in Drama Education.
While there is a growing body of literature on relational pedagogy as a concept, less attention
is given to the details of just how relational pedagogy manifests in classroom practice. Similarly,
while issues of power, democracy and co-constructed learning feature in contemporary research, the
details of how power relationships can be effectively altered between teachers and children warrants
closer scrutiny. This paper explores how pedagogy is enhanced when spaces are negotiated between
teachers and children in the real and fictional worlds of drama. The findings emerge from a two
year collaborative research project between generalist elementary teachers and university
researchers. Salient issues of trust, power sharing, and metaxis, which are part of relational
pedagogy in the drama classroom, are explored. In particular, the paper discusses how
traditional power and knowledge positions are 'disrupted' through the drama strategy of
'teacher-in-role' - a strategy with both political significance and pedagogical force.
- Volume 8 Number 15:
Blair, D. V. Musical Maps as Narrative Inquiry
This study explores the metaphorical relationship between the process of narrative inquiry
and the process of "musical mapping." The creation of musical maps was used as a classroom
tool for enabling students' musical understanding while listening to music. As teacher-researcher,
I studied my fifth-grade music students as they interacted with music and one another during
the creation of the maps. Their conversation with the materials of music and map, with each other
as collaborators, and later with the class as audience parallels the process of narrative inquiry
as the students experienced the music, constructed their story, and shared their story of the
musical experience. Like narrative, the process of creating a musical map serves as a form of
inquiry, enabling understanding of an experience and affecting change in self through the
living and constructing of the story and affecting change in others through the sharing and
telling of the story.
- Volume 8 Number 16:
Bhroin, M. N. "A Slice of Life": The Interrelationships among Art, Play and the
"Real" Life of the Young Child
This study examines the interrelationships among art, play and "real" life, as
perceived by young children. Twenty-one children aged four and five in their
first year of formal schooling in Ireland, were observed during art-related play
activities and classes over a period of four months in 2004. Research data
consisted of art works (both original and photographed), field notes, video
recordings of children's behaviours and mini-interviews with the children. Data
analysis revealed the multifaceted interrelationships between art, play and real
life among the children. All children showed evidence of intertwining art, play
and "real" life experiences in all strands of the visual arts curriculum. Individual
differences in "cognitive style" unrelated to gender also emerged. Some worked
quietly concentrating completely on the process and product in hand while
others verbalised what was going on as they worked. Just over half of the
children extended their actual experiences into the realm of fantasy in their art
and play while the remainder tended to be factual, depicting and re-enacting
"real" life events as they experienced them. These findings have educational
implications as young children's artistic play activities are an important element
in pre-service teacher education and in the teaching of Visual Arts at the
Primary school level.
- Volume 8 Number 17:
White, B. Aesthetic Encounters: Contributions to Generalist Teacher Education
This article describes the learning experiences of three pre-service teachers within
a university-level course entitled "Aesthetics and Art Criticism for the
Classroom." Discussion is focused on the nature of the meaning-making that
emerges from aesthetic encounters and its educational value. Specifically, what
can pre-service generalist teachers learn from aesthetic encounters that they may
ultimately apply in their own classrooms? For evidence of emergent meaning-making
I rely on examination of what I call aesthetigrams. These are essentially
maps of one's encounter with an artwork. They provide a basis for reflection on
the encounter, for the student and for myself as the instructor, as well as insights
into the nature of aesthetic learning.
- Volume 8 Number 18:
Hewson, A. Emotions as Data in the Act of Jokering Forum Theatre
For three years the author has been using Forum Theatre strategies as a means of
experientially exploring classroom management with preservice teachers in a post-
degree BEd program. During the third year, the author undertook an arts-based
action research project to examine her actions as facilitator, or Joker, and to explore
Forum Theatre's potential for redressing oppressions in a school setting. In the
analysis of one challenging session, she suggests that emotions are important data to
consider when deciding how best to respond in the moment, as Joker or as
classroom teacher. Noticing responses of fear, anger or shame in oneself and others
may help identify oppressive practices or tacit assumptions that deserve critical
attention. The sociological concept of saving face has relevance for classroom
management and is recommended as an area for further study.
- Volume 8 Interlude 1:
Upitis, Rena. Four strong schools: Developing a sense of
place through school architecture.
The driving premise of this paper is that students should be schooled in built and natural environments that afford them ways of
understanding of how their daily physical actions and social choices affect the earth. Views of prominent philosophers and scholars in
support of this premise are described. Next, four cases illustrate how schools can provide students with opportunities to develop
ecological mindfulness through practical activities that are enhanced by natural and built environments. The examples-from Canada, the
United States, and Australia-span the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of education. It is concluded that schools and curricula
that focus on a sense of place are able to support the practical activities that lead to meaningful relationships between members of
the community, and between people and the land.
- Volume 7 Number 1:
RodrIguez: Experiences with poetry, pedagogy
and participant observation: Writing with students in a study abroad program.
Many anthropologists have turned to creative writing as they struggle to
represent experiences/encounters with other cultures. Study abroad
students, while not necessarily anthropologists-in-the-making, are also
representers (and representees) of exotic cultures while abroad. This paper
explores creative writing as a strategy to help study abroad students engage
questions about cultural representation, reflexivity and identity while
immersed in the other culture. It examines a semester-long pilot project in
which both students and the author explored poetry as a means to reflect
upon and represent experiences with the Other in Central Mexico. It
suggests that creative writing as an arts-based method of qualitative inquiry,
while not a panacea for the representation crisis, provides students and
researchers a powerful way to reflect upon cross-cultural experiences and
offers many directions for further research.
- Volume 7 Number 2: Gervais:
Exploring moral values with young
adolescents through process drama
The connection between drama and moral education in young adolescence has not been widely researched. This study examines the role of
process drama. In this study process drama is defined as educational drama for awareness and conflict resolution through the creation
of a dramatic collective exploring the moral values of junior high school age students. Students examined their values through themes
of family, friendship, and other issues of personal importance. When dramatic cognitive dissonance was followed by group discussion
and reflection, studentsi awareness of their values articulation processes was heightened and their interpersonal problem solving
skills improved. The ensuing group ethos that developed was characterized by caring, respect, and mutual commitment. This study
suggests that dramatic engagement focusing on personal story can be a significant moral education tool for junior high students.
- Volume 7 Number 3: Trotman:
Evaluating the Imaginative:
Situated Practice and the Conditions for
Professional Judgement in Imaginative Education
It is now a matter of routine that schools in England are able to demonstrate the value of their work in terms of "impact" and
"outcomes." In the province of imaginative education this is problematic. While Government has sought to create a new relationship
between inspection and school selfevaluation, this in effect has amounted to little more than a bureaucratic and performative form of
"self-inspection." At the same time the teaching profession is reminded that it lacks a shared language to enable clarity and
precision about its judgements (Hargreaves, 2004). Acknowledging the necessity for imaginative educators to make their work publicly
demonstrable, and recognising the private imaginative lifeworld as a sacred space, this paper calls for a (re)focusing of educational
evaluation in imaginative education. Drawing on phenomenological research approaches and ideas of connoisseurship and pupil voice, six
"situated" imaginative practices, spanning the solitary and the collective, are proposed in an attempt to consider ways in which the
imagination might be made amenable to communal educational evaluation. Before the development of a shared evaluative language can be
entertained, the necessary conditions for educational evaluation must first be created, and these conditions involve educators in the
cultivation of their own imaginative lifeworlds as a professional practice. Ultimately, through processes of interpretation and
communalisation, educational evaluation of the imagination becomes an intrinsically transformative practice.
- Volume 7 Number 4:
Nielsen: Apprenticeship at the Academy of Music
Inspired by studies of apprenticeship and theories of situated learning, this
study argues that learning should be understood in relation to ongoing social
practice. Using interview material and participant observation studying piano
studentsi learning at the Academy of Music in Aarhus, it describes how
transparency and access to the music culture at the Academy are important
for the piano studentsi learning processes. In particular, two ways of learning
are described: learning by imitation and learning by performance. In both
these ways the learning process involves and is organised around becoming a
member of the musical culture and developing an identity as a musician.
- Volume 7 Number 5:
Belliveau: Engaging in drama: Using arts-based research
to explore a social justice project in teacher
This arts-based research invites the reader to consider the complex learning that emerged when a group of pre-service teachers
collectively developed a play about anti-bullying as part of a teaching practicum. To capture the learning that emerged during the
collective writing and rehearsing, the author engages in an artistic process by writing the key findings in the form of a drama. By
using drama as a method of inquiry, as well as a way of documenting the learning, the author attempts to capture the multiple voices
within the collective pre-service teacher process.
- Volume 7 Numer 6:
Kim: For whom the school bell tolls: Conflicting voices inside an alternative high school.
This article is a study of conflicting voices inside an alternative high school in Arizona. Voices of alternative schools are, quite
often, not included in the discourse of curriculum reform even though the number of alternative schools is growing every year.
Bakhtinian novelness of polyphony, chronotope, and carnival are incorporated into an arts-based, storied form of representation to
provoke empathic understanding among readers. Multiple voices (polyphony) of the school are juxtaposed within a certain time and space
(chronotope) while all the different voices are valued equally (carnival) to represent conflicting views on public alternative school
experiences. The purpose of the article is to provide readers with vicarious access to tensions that exist in an alternative school,
so that they may engage in questioning the nature and purpose of these spaces. In so doing, the study aims to promote dialogic
conversations about ibest practicei for disenfranchised students who are subject to experiencing educational inequalities in the
current era of accountability and standardization.
- Volume 7 Number 7:
Betts: Multimedia arts learning in an activity system: New
literacies for at-risk children.
This study concerns a multi-year after school arts technology program,
the Multimedia Arts Education Program (MAEP). The Tucson Pima Arts
Council (TPAC) sponsored MAEP in downtown Tucson for low-income
youth. A five-semester curriculum was developed to introduce multimedia
literacies in the electronic arts workplace and provide tools for students to
become creators as well as consumers of new literacies. In this six-year study,
formative data on an early cohort of participants was collected over an
eighteen-month period using participant observation in the labs and interviews
with students and their parents or guardians. A pre- and posttest questionnaire
measured changes in perceived self-efficacy and attitudes about art, technology
and learning. This study also looked at long-term effects of participation in
MAEP. Program graduates were contacted four years later and asked about
their high school success (defined as graduation) and career directions. The
study findings are reviewed and analyzed using Cultural Historical Activity
Theory (CHAT) for retrospective analysis. The paper includes a description of
the MAEP activity system and the interrelationships within the system. Survey
instruments and a sample lesson outline are included in the appendix. The
program was successful for many of the participants who completed the five
semesters and earned a computer to go with the new skills to use it.
- Volume 7 Number 8:
Oreck: Artistic choices: A study of teachers who use the arts in the classroom
In recent years the arts have been introduced into many pre-service and in-service professional development programs for general
education teachers. At the same time, pressure for immediate test-score improvement and standardization of curriculum has limited the
creativity and autonomy of teachers. This study, the qualitative part of a mixed-methods investigation of teachers across the U.S.,
involved six New York City elementary school teachers who found ways to use the arts in their classrooms on a regular basis despite
the pressures they faced. The study investigated the personal characteristics and the factors that supported or constrained arts use
in teaching. The results suggest that general creative and artistic attitudes rather than specific skills as a maker of art are key to
arts use. A willingness to push boundaries and take risks defined this group of teachers. They recognized obstacles and challenges to
arts use, but made choices that helped them maintain a sense of independence and creativity in teaching. The strongest motivation to
use the arts use was their awareness of the diversity of learning styles and needs among their students. The teachers articulated a
variety of ways in which arts-based professional development experiences encouraged them to bring their creativity into the classroom,
expand their teaching repertoire, and find effective ways to incorporate the arts in the academic curriculum.
- Volume 7 Number 9:
Roulston: Qualitative investigation of young children's music preferences.
This qualitative study examined young childrenis music preferences through group conversations with children, interviews with
parents, and nonparticipant observation of classroom settings in daycare and elementary classrooms. Data were analyzed inductively to
generate themes, and revealed that (1) children expressed distinct preferences for an eclectic range of music from very early ages;
(2) rock and popular music were frequently mentioned as preferred styles by parents and children, with movie and television
soundtracks high in popularity; (3) music listening was characterized by a reliance on diverse technologies, with listening
inextricably interwoven with viewing; and (4) music listening and experiences in the home described by children and parents varied
considerably from what was offered in the school and daycare settings. Findings from this study contribute to an understanding of
young childrenis music preferences and listening habits in contemporary Western society.
Volume 6 Number 1: Samuel Leong:
Integrating Ancient Nanyin Music within an
Interdisciplinary and National Education
School-wide Curriculum: An Australian-Singaporean
Collaborative Arts Education Project
This article describes a school-wide arts education project
that incorporates an interdisciplinary approach involving an Australian
university, the Singapore Ministry of Education, the Singapore
National Arts Council, a community music association, and a local primary
school. The Project engages young school children with Nanyin music, an
ancient musical art form from China, and works with practicing
Nanyin musicians and their musical practices. The Project
integrates music into the regular music curriculum for an entire ten-week
term, and incorporates a National Education focus with an
interdisciplinary approach, encouraging students to make connections with
subjects such as language, mathematics and social studies.
The Project culminates with a public performance of Nanyin music by the
participating students and an exhibition of their project work.
This article will also present the viability and usefulness of the Project
from the perspectives of Nanyin musicians and school participants.
Volume 6 Number 2:
Information Communication Technologies as a Tool for
Re-imagining Music Education in the 21st Century
This article investigates a potential way ahead for music
education in the 21st century. Drawing on material from the case study of a
Manchester-based composer in northern England, it argues that those
within formal education should examine more carefully the musical
values and practices of artists and composers working with
itechnologically-enrichedi contexts. It describes the need for the
reconsideration of the role of technology in music education along
with expanding the aims of music curricula and the possibilities for
cross-disciplinary practice. Finally, the author urges all music
educators to consider the wider artistic opportunities that new
information communication technologies (ICT) can offer pupils.
Volume 6 Number 3:
Patricia E. Calderwood:
Risking Aesthetic Reading
This reflective article explores a tension between private and public
expression of deep aesthetic response to reading, with specific reference
to the play of this tension in the public space of the classroom.
Implications for teaching are included, most specifically the need to
understand the sensitivities and emotional vulnerability of students, the
teacheris challenge of modeling open and deep responses to texts, and
the creation of a supportive environment in which it is safe to take the
risks needed for including deep aesthetic response in the classroom.
Volume 6 Number 4:
Peter Gouzouasis & Anne-Marie LaMonde:
The Use of Tetrads in the Analysis of Arts-Based Media
In this article, we chose the musical form of a sonata to examine tetrads,
a simple four-fold structure that Marshall McLuhan coined and employed
to describe various technologies. Tetrads, as cognitive models, are used
to refine, focus, or discover entities in cultures and technologies,
which are hidden from view in the psyche. Tetradic logic frames human
artifacts and the means of doing things. The ideas that McLuhan
eloquently brought to consciousness, long before technologies became
the sophisticated communication tools they have become today, may
be reinterpreted in a far more timely fashion. The poignancy of his
views invite our immediate attention in light of the limitless
extensions humans are being afforded with new technologies. McLuhan
has always remained a significant and powerful voice among artistsohis ideas,
in effect, resonate with our artistic sensibilities.
Volume 6 Number 5:
Carol A. Mullen, Margie Buttignol & C. T. Patrick Diamond:
Flyboy: Using the arts and theater to assist suicidal adolescents.
This article integrates story and the form of qualitative methodology
known as arts-based inquiry. The authors use this approach to
provide a case study of Kal, a 15-year-old boy who had unsuccessfully
attempted to end his life by iflyingi off his apartment balcony.
The paper begins with orientation to the background of this case
and to arts-based inquiry and case history and then proceeds with an
imaginative re-creation of the involvement of Margie, Kalis caregiver,
in this case in the form of a letter written in role by her as
Kal to his mother. Finally, the authors discuss how arts-based
representations can be used to positively affect mental health and to
generate creative healing energy. In this presentation Kal is the
leading character, and Margie, Kalis real-life teacher in a
hospital-based mental health unit in Ontario, Canada, is the
supporting actress. Through dramatic fictionalization of her work with Kal,
Margie found that ihuman learning can be renewed when teacher researchers
use arts-based textual strategies to reflect on experience and
invite others to respond to these inquiriesi (Diamond & Mullen, 1999, p. 18).
Volume 6 Number 6:
Burke, J. M.; Cuilla, K. A.; Winfield, A. G.;
Eaton, L. E.; & Wilson, A. V. Epiphamania.
This article is a narrative exposition of collaborative research performed at Bergamo
in October 2001. As a performance of research, we
hoped to extend the involvement of audience/participants
and to problematize both method and articulation of lives lived (Knowles &
Cole, 2001) by using art forms in (re)searching the nature and possibilities
of socially constructed and experienced boundaries. The
primary foci of our work are (1) the relationship of research
and/to/with art, (2) the nature and effects of socially constructed
boundaries in research/life/curriculum, and (3) the nature of
collaboration. We used the media of dance, poetry and readersi theater to
both theorize and present data about socially defined roles and
identities and our responses them.
Volume 6 Number 7:
Gosse, D. My arts-informed narrative inquiry into
homophobia in elementary schools as a supply teacher.
Using fiction writing techniques, such as the creation of
composite characters and scenarios gathered from data collection and
the authoris tacit knowledge, this narrative teacher inquiry illustrates
how anti-homophobia education might unfold in an elementary school.
The art of yarning or storytelling is explored as an effective tool to
confront homophobia with elementary school students and teachers.
The author manipulates tone and style to create a bridge between the
academy and the public, especially reaching out to teacher candidates
and practicing teachers to share his insights and imagined possibilities.
This research draws from poststructural sensibilities, challenging binary
systems of gay-straight and male-female, exploring how accepted
heterosexist and misandrous knowledge and social beliefs are
constructed and upheld, and ultimately soliciting questionings so that
status quo assumptions may be ruptured. In this supply teacheris
fictional narrative, the imagination is celebrated as a provocative mode
of artful educational inquiry.
Volume 6 Number 8:
Upitis, R. Experiences of artists and artist-teachers
involved in teacher professional development programs.
This research explores the experiences of artists and artist-teachers
involved in two professional development programs for arts
education: a national Canadian program and a state-wide
American program. Both programs aim to help classroom teachers develop ways of
teaching in and through the arts by interacting with partnering artists
and/or arts organizations. Based on survey data and interviews
with artists, artistteachers, teachers, and administrators, the
paper outlines the experiences of artists and artist-teachers who had
been involved in the programs for at least two years. The main themes
developed through this research were: (1) how artistsi views of
their art forms were altered, (2) what the artists viewed as
challenges of contemporary public education, (3) how artistsi views of
the teaching profession were altered, and (4) how artists articulated
the benefits of the arts in young peopleis lives. The paper
closes with a discussion of issues to consider when designing
professional development programs involving artists and teachers.
Volume 6 Number 9:
Cosenza, G. Implications for music educators of an interdisciplinary curriculum.
This article makes the case that authentic music learning need not be sacrificed nor compromised in any way when the music teacher
designs and teaches curricula and units of study that integrate music learning with learning in other academic subjects, including
other fine and performing arts subjects. The author argues that music teachers may think they are losing instructional time in the
service of other subjects when, in fact, if music teachers understand the cognitive connections and shared information among subjects,
they have opportunities to enhance music learning in substantive and authentic ways. Some sample curricular designs are outlined in
the article as examples of how learning among subjects can serve multiple subject areas, including music.
Volume 6 Number 10:
"Musical ways of knowing: A personal approach to
qualitative inquiry in education."
In this comparative essay, I examine how musical ways of knowing inform my educational research. To understand this question, I
employ dual perspectives as a musician and qualitative researcher. I use Eisneris concept of the art of educational evaluation
(1985a, 1985b, 1997)oparticularly as educational evaluation relates to connoisseurship and criticismoto explore how my aesthetic
understanding of musical performance, with its descriptive, thematic, interpretive and evaluative aspects, illuminates the process of
qualitative inquiry. I also evaluate an earlier quantitative study of sight-singing achievement among young students by viewing it
through a more aesthetic, affective lens. In sharing how I have learned to trust musical ways of knowing to inform my educational
research, I suggest ways that other music educators can focus their aesthetic lenses on research questions of interest to us all.
Volume 6 Number 11:
Pitts, S.: Twenty-nine world premiers in two hours: The story of Powerplus.
This article considers the effectiveness and implications of the Powerplus composing project, in which teenage students were
write for a chamber ensemble in preparation for a public concert of their work. The perspectives of all participants are considered,
with a view to understanding i) the developing identities of young composers, ii) the effects of combining the musical expertise of
players, teachers and students in the project, and iii) the expectations and attitudes of audience members attending the final
concert. Empirical data from questionnaires, interviews and observations are used to analyse the attitudes and experiences of
participants, revealing a high level of support for the project and for the value of composing in music education. The implications of
the project for future research and practice are considered, and suggestions are made for strengthening the professional networks
which could better contribute to young peoplesi development as composers.
Volume 6 Number 12:
Andrzejczak, N., Trainin, G., & Poldberg, M. From image to text: Using images in the writing process.
This study looks at the benefits of integrating visual art creation and
the writing process. The qualitative inquiry uses student, parent, and teacher
interviews coupled with field observation, and artifact analysis. Emergent
coding based on grounded theory clearly shows that visual art creation
enhances the writing process. Students used more time for thought
elaboration, generated strong descriptions, and developed concrete
vocabulary. The advantages of using production of art and artwork in the
pre-writing process provided a motivational entry point, a way to develop
and elaborate on a scene or a narrative. This study shows that the benefits of
a rich visual art experience can enhance thought and writing in response to
the finished artwork.
Volume 6 Number 13:
Savva, A. & Trimis, E.:
Responses of young children to contemporary art exhibits: The role of artistic experiences.
This study explores pre-primary childrenis responses to
contemporary art exhibits in a museum setting, the role of
artistic experiences, and the impact of the art museum
visit on childrenis
responses to artworks and making art during classroom
sample included 32 children (16 boys and 16 girls) randomly
from two classrooms in two nursery public schools in
In addition to open-ended interviews, classroom observation
videotape analysis procedures, the artworks of children
were used to find
out the influences of the visit to the art museum. The
that childrenis contact with a range of art forms including
art exhibits in a museum setting is an important part of
experiences if appropriate approaches and methods are used.
Volume 6 Number 14:
Veblen, K., Beynon, C. & Odom, S.
Drawing on diversity in the arts education classroom: Educating our new
In this article, the authors discuss their attempts to make antiracist multiculturalism a reality in their studentsi future
classrooms. They note that the literature is replete with examples of what not to do in trivializing curriculum, and they attempt here
to take theory into praxis/practice by exposing and describing their strategies for engaging their students in antiracist
multicultural understandings and activities.
Volume 6 Number 15:
Making sense of "Making Special": Art and Intimacy in
musical lives and educational practice.
An Essay Review of Dissanayake, E. (2000).
Art and intimacy: How the arts began.
Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
Volume 6 Number 16:
Davis, S. G.
"That thing you do!" Compositional processes of a rock band.
Understanding how students make music in non-school settings can inform teaching practice in schools, making teaching more relevant to
studentsi musical perspectives. This research study examined the musical processes of a three-member rock band, their roles within
the group, and considered how they constructed musical meaning. The most salient findings that emerged from this study lie at the
intersection of musical growth, musical enculturation, and musical meaning. Collaborative composing was facilitated by shared musical
tastes and grounded in friendship and commitment to music making. Engagement and investment in the music prompted meaningful musical
experiences for group members. Ownership, agency, relevance, and personal expression fuse at the core of the value they place on this
musical and social experience. Implications for the instrumental music classroom are also shared.
Volume 6 Number 17:
Paley, N., Crawford, J., Kinney, K., Koons, D., & Seo, J. Remaking The Educational Imagination.
We document a set of artistic reconstructions of Elliot Eisner's The
Educational Imagination which took place during a graduate seminar in
contemporary curriculum discourses. In this project, students and their
instructor collaboratively explored The Educational Imagination as a site for
an arts-based examination of knowing, identity, and textual authority.
Participants created sculptural representations of the text. The sculptures
functioned alternately as artworks and experimental places of learning,
thus suggesting alternative practices by which the educational experience
might be reimagined. In producing these textual/artistic reconstructions,
participants created an intersubjective/interpersonal dialogue as they
analyzed the educational, aesthetic, and ideological factors which shaped
their thinking about curriculum as remade from Eisner's text.
- Volume 6 Review 1: Sheelagh Chadwick. Review of
Herbst, Anri; Nzewi, Meki; and Agawu, Kofi (Eds.). ( 2003). Musical
arts in Africa: Theory, practice and education. Pretoria, South
Africa: University of South Africa Press.
- Volume 6 Review 2:
Eisner, E. W. & Day, M. D. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of
Research and Policy in Art Education: A Project of the National Art Education
Association. Mahwah, N. J.:Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Reviewed by Teresa Cotner,
California State University, San Bernardino
- Volume 6 Review 3:
Davis, Jessica Hoffman. (2005). Framing education as art:
The octopus has a good day. N.Y.: Teachers College Press.
Reviewed by Richard Siegesmund, University of Georgia.
Volume 5 Number 1: Laura A. McCammon & Heather Smigiel: Whose Narrative is it?:
Ethical Issues when Using Drama with Teacher Narratives
The authors describe ethical issues they have encountered
when teachers develop narratives about their own practice and then again when
these narratives are later explored using drama techniques.
Specifically, they look at the developmental process itself, both in the
creation of the original narrative and the subsequent creation
of a dramatic text. They also examine the climate of trust and respect
that needs to be in place when teachers share narratives especially
when the author of the narrative is not known. Issues of power
relationships also arise especially when soliciting
narratives from pre-service teachers and sharing them with wider audiences.
Volume 5 Number 2: Elkoshi, Rivka:
Is Music “Colorful”?
A Study of the Effects of Age and Musical
Literacy on Children’s Notational Color Expressions
This eight-year study represents a pioneering effort to
investigate color expression in children’s graphic
notations at two stages of development:
“Pre-literate” (age: 7.0-8.5), before students
received school music instruction, and
“Post-literate” (age: 14.0-15.5), three years after
students acquired Standard Notation in school, and to consider
the effects of age and musical literacy on notational color
expressions. Two meetings with Israeli/Jewish schoolchildren were
held along a course of eight years: The first meeting with 46
second-graders (1995); the second meeting with 33 ninth-graders
(2003). Of these, 17 students participated in two meetings. All
participants acquired Standard Notation in their sixth-grade. In
each meeting, subjects performed a musical phrase called
“Timbre”, represented it graphically and explained
their notations. Seventy-nine notations were collected and
analyzed by MSC (Morphological, Structural, Conceptual)
method of interpretation (Elkoshi, 2000, 2002, 2004). Based on
MSC, notations were classified under four categories: A
(Association), P (Pictogram), F (Formal
response), and G(Gestalt expression). Results show that
the conceptual sub-division of the musical phrase into
fragments (G) is color related, whereas the conceptual
perception of the chronological sequence (F) is shape rather
than color related. Associations (including Synesthesia)
is probably age related. Post-literate notational color
expressions were not affected by musical literacy.
Volume 5 Number 3:
Becky Wai-Ling Packard,
Katherine L. Ellison &
Maria R. Sequenzia: Show and TellPhoto-Interviews
with Urban Adolescent Girls
In this project, we used photo-interviews as a method
to investigate the hopes and fears of urban adolescent girls who actively
participated in their community organization. The
photo-interviews were featured in a collaborative,
creative arts program involving
urban adolescent girls from a community organization
and college students enrolled in a research methods course. Case studies of four
adolescent participants are presented, illustrating
the role of neighborhood context and past experiences in shaping hopes and fears.
The potential synergy between image-based research and
arts-based education is discussed.
- Volume 5 Number 4:
Elliot W. Eisner:
What Can Education Learn from the
Arts about the Practice of Education?
My subject is what the practice of education can
learn from the arts. I describe the forms of thinking the arts evoke and their
relevance for re-framing conceptions of what education can accomplish.
Volume 4 Number 1: Monica Prendergast: "I, Me, Mine: Soliloquizing as
Arts-based qualitative researchers are expanding the
of what constitutes educational research through work that
recognizes and elevates the creative/imaginative elements
play, within a social science frame, in the researcher's
interaction with his or her subject of inquiry. This paper
examines the construction/creation of soliloquies as forms
reflective practice through an understanding of this
voice applied to qualitative research writing. A recent
study in theatre audience education at the University of
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, presented soliloquies
expressed as personal and data poems, dialogues of symbolic
interactions (between "I" in practice and "Me" in
autobiography (talking to myself about myself), and
autoethnography (talking to the group within which I place
myself). Soliloquy writing offers myriad ways to engage in
reflective practice and qualitative interpretive
- Volume 4 Number 2: Gary Peters
"The Aestheticization of Research in the Thought of Maurice
Increasingly familiar within the State University system, the
thought of Maurice Blanchot is in danger of settling
all-too-comfortably into a research culture that in fundamental
ways is radically at odds with the peculiar trajectory of his
singular writing. In the light of this, the current essay is
intent on returning Blanchot to the “outside,” to an
“exteriority” that is not critical of the hegemonic
research culture, but Other—an Other mode of
research. Trying to think of research affirmatively, in the
absence of the negative dialectics more typical of the academic
communicative community, both throws new light on
Blanchot’s own aesthetic method while, importantly,
offering a great deal to those intent on imagining models that
better “fit” the experience of art practitioners
engaged, whether formally or informally, in practice-based
research. Driven by the interminable waywardness of
“fascination” rather than the teleologies of
knowledge and understanding, Blanchot proposes (albeit
fleetingly) a non-methodological method of progressing that
speaks from the experience of the artist and an aesthetic that is
not only unengaged with the will-to-knowledge but, in fact
renders such knowledge “truly impracticable.”
Perverse as this may sound, the very thought of such an Other
mode of research may yet prove to mark an important and necessary
shift in what “counts” as research within an academic
culture that must increasingly familiarize itself with the
alterity of art…and then take it seriously (as
- Volume 4 Number 3:
Margaret Macintyre Latta & Karl D. Hostetler
"The Call to Play"
This article explores the nature of play and its presence and
potential in teaching and learning encounters. Play is portrayed
as a movement that can characterize the process of learning and
teachers’ reflections on their practice. The exercise of
techne and phronesis are found to be key but
problematic elements in this movement. The paper is in the form
of a conversation, a medium calling the authors themselves to
play with the play that might occur in classrooms. Thus, the
authors’ play is itself a subject for inquiry. Their
interplay warrants considering play to be an elemental activity
for reconceptualizing teaching/learning practices.
- Volume 4 Number 4:
Margaret S. Barrett & Heather Smigiel
"Awakening the 'Sleeping Giant'?:
The arts in the lives of Australian families"
In 2001 a nation wide study (Costantoura, 2001) raised a number of
questions in relation to the arts and Australian families. This study
used group interviews and surveys to question people aged between 18
and 60 about their participation in the arts.
Results from this study suggested that the arts add an important
dimension to family life;
however, the ways this occurs and the nature of family
participation in the arts were not made clear. Significantly, this
study did not include the perceptions of young people under the age
of 18. Here we report on one aspect of a complementary research
project that sought to provide more information concerning the ways in
which Australian families participate in the arts and to identify
the meaning, purpose, and value of the arts for children (ages five to
fifteen) in Australian school and community settings. Specifically,
we focus on the ways in which children describe their engagement
with the arts in family settings using the voices of young
people as the primary source of data.
Volume 4 Number 5: Stephanie Springgay
"Cloth as Intercorporeality: Touch, Fantasy,
and Performance and the Construction of Body
The monstrous body (Shildrick, 2002), the altered body
(Featherstone, 2000) and the masquerade (Tseëlon, 2001) have
been subjects of recent theoretical analysis through scholarly
writing and the works of contemporary visual artists (Wilson,
Dyck, Orlan). Each term while slightly different, marks a
theoretical concern with bodies that are conditioned as the
abnormal other. Theories that engage with the monstrous, altered,
and masquerading body do not position these terms as static
binaries in opposition to the ideal or normal body, but rather
their arguments are located within the body itself such that
encounters with the strange are constant conditions of becoming
(Shildrick, 2002). The latent body is always in process, open,
pliable, and protruding. Opposed to the classical body, which is
monumental, static, and standard, the monstrous, altered, and
masquerading bodies resist, exaggerate, and destabilize
distinctions and boundaries that mark and maintain bodies,
signifying pleasure and desire as sites of insurgency. Bodies
have been accorded a place of central importance in recent
scholarship as researchers attempt to construct the meanings of
the lived body, the social body, and body image (Grosz, 1994).
Each discipline whether science, technology, sociology, sport,
and/or art has de-constructed and challenged western philosophy
which is rooted in a mind/body split (Price & Shildrick,
1999). What is evidently missing from this cogent literature is a
re-representation of the body as tactile and felt. In this paper
I analyze the monstrous, altered, and masquerading body not to
further dichotomous thinking and systems of regulation and
control, but as sites of excess where the pleasures of the body
are central aspects of body knowledge. Interrogating the
boundaries of the body, I offer a model of intercorporeality
(Weiss, 1999) that examines the body in relation to other bodies
and the ways in which knowing and being are informed through
generative understandings of touch, fantasy, and performance. The
arguments call for educational practices that are open to desire,
allowing for tactile and felt knowledges.
Volume 4 Number 6: John Finney
"From Resentment to Enchantment:
What a Class of Thirteen Year Olds and Their Music
Teacher Tell Us About a Musical Education"
The study set out to uncover pupilsi experience of
learning music and their teacheris experience of
teaching music in their weekly class music lesson
in a secondary school for 11-19 year olds in the
east of England. A class of twenty-four pupils, aged
12-13 years, in their second year of secondary schooling,
and their music teacher, were observed and interviewed
over a two-term period, creating an ethnography of
their classroom musical lives. The unfolding story
showed pupils giving meaning to their music lesson
in terms of having a "teacher who understands things"
and of a teacher "making connections" with them.
The relationship between learner, what is to be
learnt and teacher proved to be critical. The account
will enable music teachers to reflect upon the ways
in which they engage with their pupils as they seek
to create a positive climate for learning. It may
further assist in arriving at common understandings
about the character and purpose of a musical education.
Volume 4 Number 7: Elizabeth de Freitas "Contested Positions:
How Fiction Informs Empathic
This article uses fiction and critical theory to explore the
concept of empathy. Empathy has become one of the most contested
concepts in the postmodern revisioning of the social sciences
(Simon, 2000). Empathy assumes that we can profoundly understand
the experiences of the Other, despite the radical cultural
differences that divide us. I present two fictional
narratives in which an educational researcher named Martha West
examines both the promise and peril of research informed by
- Volume 4 Number 8: Marybeth Gasman & Edward Epstein
"Doorways to the Academy:
Visual Self-Expression among Faculty Members in Academic Departments"
In this article, we seek to understand how faculty
door displays can evolve into an elevated form of self
expression rather than
mundane decoration. Other research on this topic has
linked the decoration of faculty doors to theories of
personalization: the need to
mark the territory as belonging to the owner and as
a symbol of commitment to an institution.
Our discussion, however, focuses less on
the personal and more on the use of the door as
a means of positioning oneself within the
department, institution, and discipline. We
find that faculty door displays encompass more
than just matters of personal style but
also touch on the larger concerns that the
professor wishes to communicate to the academic public.
- Volume 3 Number 1: Margaret Meban:
"The Postmodern Artist in the School:
Implications for Arts Partnership Programs"
In this article, I reflect on my experience as a visual artist working in an
elementary school as part of an arts partnership program.
Specifically, I discuss
how in making art in the public space of a school
institution I found myself
censoring the content of my work, which resulted in a
shift of the style and
purpose of my art-making, and ultimately, altered the
nature of the educational
experience for students. Working from a reconstructive
of artistic practice within the context of a public school
which enacted a
conservative curriculum orientation I found myself
engaging in a process of
self-censorship by selecting themes and issues that would
not be considered
controversial within the context of this elementary
school. Perplexed by the
direction my work and educational role should take I began
to accommodate the
immediate interests of the students which resulted in a
studio program that
emphasized the basic skills of drawing and painting with
little attention paid to the
social function of art. By considering curriculum
orientations that a school may
enact and the values and philosophical assumptions that
underpin them, along
with the positions of the current postmodern art world, I
discuss the complex
position that the artist may occupy in the school while
participating in an arts
- Volume 3 Number 2:
Christine Marme´ Thompson "Celebrating complexity:
Children's talk about the media."
Essay Review of Joseph Tobin's Good guys don't wear hats: Children's talk about
- Volume 3 Number 3:
"Of Troubadours, Angels, and Parasites:
Reevaluating the Educational Territory in the Arts and Sciences
Through the Work of Michel Serres."
This article examines
Michel Serres' philosophy of the "educated
third" and considers his views on a philosophy of
communication. Serres' interdisciplinary writing
constructs themes that can be traced across literature,
philosophy, science, mythology and art, borrowing ideas and
approaches from them and transforming those into original,
provocative and synthetic voices that cut across traditional
disciplinary boundaries. Serres' views provide a refreshing
perspective to educators, especially, those in art education and
science education and advocate a reevaluation of some
contemporary educational ideals to emphasize invention and
- Volume 3 Number 4: Cheryl J. Craig:
"The Shadows of New
A Continuing Inquiry into the
School as Parkland Metaphor."
Drawing on a theoretical framework centered on Clandinin and
Connelly's (1995) metaphor of a school as a
"professional knowledge landscape" and
Diamond's (2000) idea of schools and inquiry being thought
of as "parkland," I employ the "story
constellations" (Craig, 2001) approach to excavate
narratives of community, school and reform, both given and lived
at Cochrane Academy, a Grade 4-5 magnet school located in a
historic African American neighborhood in the mid-southern US.
These stories set the stage for an art-making experience that
occurred in a 5th grade art class in the heels of the
events of September 11th. I show that metaphoric
parkland connections existed between scenes of New York City and
Cochrane's storied landscape prior to the tragedy. These
illusionary commonplaces gave rise to the Shadows of New
York healing mural that became a mobile parkland space which,
in turn, was gifted to the people of New York. Throughout the
inquiry, I emphasize the critical relationships between and among
art, education and social justice and signal how vitally
important these connections are in enabling constrained
situations to be lived, and responded to, in educative, as
opposed to miseducative, ways (Dewey,
Volume 3 Number 5: Nancy Dibble & Jerry Rosiek
"White Out: A Case Study Introducing a
New Citational Format for
Teacher Practical Knowledge Research."
This case study describes a biology teacher who
comes to see her European-American racial identity
as mediating her attempts to counsel Mexican-American
students to pursue further science education.
The teacher's journey to this understanding
involves reflection on the structure of the science
curriculum, on her personal history, and dwelling
on uncomfortable feelings that contain kernels of
insight that eventually grow into deeper understanding.
The authors consider the whole of this process, and
not just some specific conclusion that can be
represented in form of summary propositions,
to be the content of the practical knowledge the
case study conveys. To represent this kind of
knowledge adequately, this case study uses a
"sonata-form" that has been introduced and explained
in other articles. To this it adds the innovation of side
notes, a system of notation designed to connect
teachers' narratives with research from outside
their experience without suggesting that teachers'
experience is derivative of that research.
Volume 3 Number 6:
Stokrocki & Samoraj "An Ethnographic Exploration of Childrens Drawings of
Their First Communion in Poland."
This ethnographic study explores what some children in Poland represented in
drawings of their first Holy Communion, how they developed them, and the
significance of the drawings. We describe, analyze, and compare drawings as
a whole and with findings from other studies on child artmaking. Description
includes the Holy Communion experience in general, the ritual in Poland, the
Corpus Christi procession, the school context and related lesson. Analysis
focuses on theme, schema, color, and space usage. Drawings do not express
content--deep religious feelings but reveal other aesthetic interests in
massive churches and decorative details. Conclusions include summary of
elements of the eventpis uniqueness, discussion of what was left out of the
drawings, and alternative explanations which include limited drawing
abilities, gender differences, outside influences, power relations,
ritualistic role of the ceremony, and the essence of holy communion and the
Volume 3 Number 7:
"Some Manifestations of Ghanaian Indigenous Culture in
Children’s Singing Games"
This article discusses some Ghanaian cultural values and
expressions that are embedded in children’s
repertoire. The discussion is based on the description and
interpretation of some of the songs children performed for
during my fieldwork in Ghana in 2001. Ghana has embarked on
school reforms and policies to make school music reflect
culture of the local communities. As I analyzed some
children’s repertoire within the cultural contexts in
Ghanaian indigenous communities, it is evident that the
playgrounds and homes are fertile grounds for tapping and
their artistic potentials to enhance and transform music
performance in the classroom and beyond.
- Volume 3 Review 1:
Peter R. Webster.
Parncutt, R. & McPherson, G. (Eds.) (2002). The science
and psychology of music performance: Creative strategies for
teaching and learning, N. Y.: Oxford University Press"
Volume 3 Review 2:
Kenneth Marantz "Review of Duncum, Paul & Bracey, Ted. (Eds). (2001). On
Knowing: Art and Visual Culture. Christchurch, New
Zealand: Canterbury University Press"
- Volume 3 Review 3:
Nick Rabkin "Review of
Deasy, Richard J. (Ed.). (2002). Critical Links:
Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development.
Washington, D.C.: Council of Chief State School Officers"
Volume 3 Review 4: Sally Gradle "Review of
Kellman, Julia. (2001). Autism, Art, and Children: The Stories
We Draw. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey"
Volume 2 Number 1:
"The Power of Storytelling: How Oral Narrative Influences
Children's Relationships in Classrooms"
This article presents findings from an arts-based research
projcet that took place in a fourth-grade classroom over the
period of one school year. It examines the impact of storytelling
on children's self-concept. In addition, it discusses how
storytelling helped children process their social experiences
Volume 2 Number 2:
Bjorn Rassmussen & Peter Wright
"The Theatre Workshop as Educational Space:
How Imagined Reality is Voiced and Conceived"
In this article, we claim a concept of education that
allows a space for dealing with sensuous impressions,
examining knowledge, experiencing disconnections, re-experiencing
meaningful connections and learning "how
to know." This is a different form of education than
where the emphasis is merely on the "flow of
information." Arts education, we argue, should not be a
practice that is pre-designed, and hence textually ordered
and contextually controlled, in order to better serve the
expectations of any societal or cultural institution. In
claiming this space, we need to deconstruct both the concept
of "Aesthetic" and "Education" in order
to find new ways of organising an education that is both
aesthetic and playful. What we argue is that Dramatic
Knowing is a form within the broader concept of a
"cultural aesthetic," and highlight cultural
production as distinct from merely socialising
young people to arts canons or using theatre as an
under-developed curriculum tool. Recent studies of
youth culture (as referred) show that young people make
the most of the inter-textual play between fine art,
popular art and everyday life, and it is in this
area of "play" that we are able to uncover new models
of drama education. In linguistic terms, dramatic
knowing highlights a certain intentional, interactive,
creative, and context-situated production of
meaning. This production takes place in theatre
workshops, and two forms of workshops are described that
reflect arguments made about education, partnership
and the potential for youth culture research.
- Volume 2 Number 3: Paul Duncum "Theoretical Foundations
for an Art
of Global Culture and
Principles for Classroom Practice"
The article begins with an outline of the theoretical foundations
for an art education that addresses global culture. It reviews
and critiques the widely held, popular theory of cultural
imperialism that sees, typically, U.S. culture overshadowing
and destroying national and local cultures. By contrast, the
author argues that by employing reading reception theory and
theories of indigenization and cultural translation, it is
possible to see a vastly more complex set of cultural issues
through which we need to navigate. The article concludes with
principles for dealing with global culture in the classroom,
as well as some examples of exemplary classroom practice.
- Volume 2 Number 4: Susan W. Mills "The Role of
Musical Intelligence in a Multiple Intelligences Focused Elementary School"
The role of musical intelligence was investigated at a Central
Florida elementary school. Four
participating teachers implemented the Theory of
Multiple Intelligences (MI) by Howard Gardner in their
classroom curricula. Extent and quality of musical
experiences, corresponding assessments, and comparison
with representative schools from MI literature were
examined through case study data collection methods.
Only one assessment for musical growth and one assessment
for musical ability were found in the MI
literature. No such assessments were present
in the school setting. Influences on the role of musical
intelligence included perceptions about: MI, music integration,
musical growth, assessment of musical
growth and assessment in general. Political climate
at the school and district were also cited as highly
influential in determining the role of musical intelligence
in the school's MI curriculum. Recommendations
to correlate MI learning strategies and music
activities with Sunshine State Standards benchmarks
learning, and to allow time and resources for such
training, were suggested by participating teachers.
Other recommendations include greater contributions
to MI literature from the arts education community,
music specialist involvement in curriculum planning,
and support from school and district administration.
- Volume 2 Number 5: Colin Durrant
"The Genesis of Musical Behaviour:
Implications for Adolescent Music Education"
This article addresses some of the concerns regarding
music education for the secondary school/adolescent age
range. Many tensions are highlighted--the apparent lack
of success and engagement by
students, yet at the same time, their almost universal
need to identify with music within particular
sub-cultures. Reference is made specifically to the
curriculum in schools for England and Wales and the
reports which suggest that all is not well. Inasmuch
as it is a complex issue, some illustrations and
solutions are outlined, though only as suggestions for
exploring a way forward.
- Volume 2 Number 6: Nitzan Ben-Shaul
"Outline of a Developmental-Cognitive Approach for
Comprehending the Art of Cinema"
- Volume 2 Number 7:
Angela Elster: "Learning Through the Arts: Program Goals, Features,
and Pilot Results"
describes an artist-teacher-institutional collaboration that
began in Toronto, Canada, in the mid-1990s, and that has
grown to become national initiative. "Learning Through the
Arts" (LTTA) was established in 1995 by The Royal
Conservatory of Music, a national leader in preschool and music
education programs, and was soon to change the ways in which 60
artists, 200 teachers and 4,000 students in Toronto approached
and experienced public education. The initiative grew out of a
response to the need to expand learning opportunities for young
people in schools. The project involves an approach to learning
through the arts, where the arts are used to access concepts and
make meaning. The structure of the program is outlined in the
paper, as well as some initial research findings. The five year
pilot project, which developed and tested the model that is now
being implemented with over 20,000 students in six additional
cities across Canada, involved Toronto artists in partnership
with the former North York Board of Education (now the Toronto
District School Board). After a short period, LTTA garnered the
support of artists, teachers, principals, and upper
administration. Research on the Toronto pilot has indicated that
students' attitudes towards school curricula have improved,
that teachers have gained confidence and skills related to
teaching from an arts-infused perspective, and that
administrative practices were changed to increase support for
arts curricula after involvement with LTTA.
- Volume 2 Number 8:
Rena Upitis, Katharine Smithrim, Ann Patteson & Margaret Meban: "The Effects of an
Enriched Elementary Arts Education Program on Teacher Development, Artist Practices, and Student
"Learning Through the Arts" (LTTA) is a school transformation
project developed by The Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada).
The first elementary schools were founded in Toronto, Ontario,
in 1995, and LTTA is currently operating in elementary schools
in 7 urban and rural sites across Canada. LTTA is designed with
the goal of engaging students deeply in learning, through
carefully designed math, science, history, geography, and
language units that incorporate performing and visual arts
into the learning process.
This goal is achieved through a structured program of teacher
development which includes the involvement of artists who work
along with teachers to develop curricula. LTTA offers effective
and sustainable professional development programs, based on the
sharing of knowledge and skills between teachers, artists, and
students, through multi-year partnerships. Artists model
techniques and activities for teachers to implement in their
classrooms and also work directly with students in schools.This
articledescribes the baseline data gathered as the first part of
the evaluation of the national LTTA program, for the students,
teachers, parents, and administrators involved in the six sites
that were established in 1999. Preliminary data were gathered
over the 1999-2000 year. Canadian Achievement Tests (CAT/3) were
used to assess students' performance in vocabulary, reading
comprehension, and mathematics. In addition, writing samples were
taken and scored holistically. Students also completed a survey
indicating their interests in schooling in general and in the
arts in particular, as well as in the activities they engaged in
outside of school. Parents were asked to report on language(s)
spoken at home, leisure activities, household income level, and
the mother's education level. Teachers were surveyed regarding a
variety of teaching beliefs and practices. Administrators were
surveyed regarding their support for arts activities, both in
terms of human and financial resources. Baseline data indicate
that there are clear correlations between achievement in
mathematics and language and engagement in arts activities,
particularly with respect to music lessons (outside of school).
That is, students who take music lessons outside of school
perform significantly better on all language and mathematics
measures than their peers who do not take music lessons. Not
surprisingly, socio-economic status is also clearly related to
arts activities and achievement, and strategies for tracking
changes within socio-economic groups over the next two years of
the study are planned. It was also found that attitudes towards
various art forms are established in students as early as the
first grade, with boys being less interested and perceiving
themselves as less skilled, for example, in singing and dancing
than their female peers. Hypotheses and general issues for
consideration for the next two years of work are described, and
methods for exploring those issues and hypotheses are also
- Volume 2 Number 9:
Kit Grauer, Rita Irwin, Alex de Cosson & Sylvia Wilson: "Images for Understanding:
Snapshots of 'Learning through the Arts'"
In this article, we examine, in images and text, a case study
of two artists and the teachers at an action research school
involved in the "Learning through the Arts" program. We are
guided by the following research question: What changes occur
in the artists' and teachers' beliefs about learning and
teaching as a result of this program? Emerging from the
research are several themes under the umbrella of beliefs
about teaching and learning: the role of the researchers and
image based methodology in affecting beliefs; the role of the
children's response in shaping beliefs; and integration in an
arts infused curriculum. Given the rising interest in artist-in-
residence programs across North America, and particularly the
Learning through the Arts programs across Canada and
internationally, this image based educational research
contributes valuable insights into the beliefs, practices,
and issues surrounding such programs.
- Volume 2 Number 10: Donald Blumenfeld-Jones:
"Partial Stories: An Hermeneutic Account of Practicing History"
An essay review of Janice Ross's (2000) Moving Lessons: Margaret H'Doubler and
the Rise of Dance in American Education (University of Wisconsin Press).
Volume 1 Number 1: Margery D. Osborne & David J.
Brady, "Joy and the Paradox of Control"
In this essay we write about joy and about magic. The stories we
recount of our work in art, science and teaching are examples of magic:
all are mysterious, transformative. We focus on magic because the word is
provocative and we wish to provoke an exploration of a much neglected facet
of teaching and of education, the uncontrolled and out-of-control, the
qualities of teaching that cause joy.
Volume 1 Number 2: Francois Victor Tochon, "Action
Poetry as an Empowering Art"
Through several narratives of experience, and under the theme of "The Arts
and Learning", the article presents lived processes of poetic emergence in
French-speaking Switzerland and Francophone Northern Ontario. These
processes suggest that it would be beneficial to transcend the usual
structural options in instruction on the literary art object, given the
integrative possibilities of action and of poetic action in particular. In
order to integrate the dynamics of creation, instruction in schools could
work from active, poststructuralist principles and become "didactive", that
is pedagogically active along a trend that defines learning as the creation
of entirely new knowledge, concepts and artefacts. Didactics, along the line
of the European educational research, has long been neglected in the
American literature. This is time to see its possibilities.
Volume 1 Number 3: Minette Mans,
"Using Namibian Music/Dance Traditions as a
Basis for Reforming Arts Education"
The incredible diversity of music in southern Africa causes
many teachers to doubt their ability to teach in cultures
other than their own. Those teachers who have formal music
training often don't have a working knowledge of the local
peoples' music and dances. In addition, there are very few
published materials available, so where to begin? Because
they feel uncertain about the music of another culture,
teachers may turn towards "formula" lessons. There is, however,
a danger of tokenism in such formulas. This can be avoided
by learning more about the culture.
In this article I identify some of the questions that can lead
to a better understanding of music and dance in cultures other
than one's own. Video and audio examples are provided that
illustrate answers in Namibia. By asking the right questions,
the characteristics of a particular musical culture can be
exposed. However, understanding something about a culture does
not necessarily equip one to teach it. Therefore the development
of teaching-learning materials for schools is necessary. These
normally include transcriptions of songs and dances. Based on
my research on Namibian music and dance a possible transcription
of both sound and movement is described.
Volume 1 Number 4: C. T. Patrick Diamond & Carol A. Mullen,
"Rescripting the Script and Rewriting the Paper:
Taking Research to the 'Edge of the Exploratory'"
This paper is a sequel to our playlet ("Performance as Rehearsal")
that was performed as
part of a larger presentation called "Passion Play" at a
national-level educational research
conference in 2000. We reflect here on our experience of scripting
and performing our "two
hander" and on the audience's reactions to it documented by means of
sheet. We begin with a dramatic dialogue to evoke our initial
reactions to our playlet as script and as performance. We then
feature the audience's
reactions to the playlet. Finally, in a reflective narrative, we
affirm our need as teacher
educator researchers to perform our academic texts by using
aesthetic techniques such as
literary allusion and allegory, postmodern interruptive modes,
and invitational prompts. We
end with the script that we originally (first) created for
Volume 1 Number 5: Barbara Poston-Anderson & Peter de Vries,
"'The Peter Piper Pickled Pepper Mystery':
Arts Educators Collaborate to Create a Musical Play
This article outlines how an arts-based collaboration unfolded between a music
educator and a drama educator in a tertiary institution. The particular context was
their creation of a musical play for pre-school children entitled, "The Peter Piper
Pickled Pepper Mystery." Written from both educators' perspectives, this
commentary provides insights into their collaborative process from the scripting
and composition through to the rehearsal and performance stages. Reflecting on
their journey together, the researchers identify the main characteristics which
they believe contributed to their perceptions of a successful collaboration.
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