Creative Arts Teaching and Practice:
Critical Reflections of Primary School Teachers in Australia
University of New England
Armidale, NSW, Australia
Citation: Alter, F., Hays, T., & O'Hara, R. (2009). Creative arts teaching and practice: Critical reflections of primary school teachers in Australia. International Journal of
Education & the Arts, 10(9). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v10n9/.
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.
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