Volume 16 Number 17 October 31, 2015

Examining Practice in Secondary Visual Arts Education

Donna Mathewson Mitchell
Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, Australia
Research Institute for Professional Practice (RIPPLE), Charles Sturt University, Australia

Citation: Mathewson Mitchell, D. (2015). Examining practice in secondary visual arts education. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 16(17). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v16n17/.


Teaching in secondary visual arts classrooms is complex and challenging work. While it is implicated in much research, the complexity of the lived experience of secondary visual arts teaching has rarely been the subject of sustained and synthesized research. In this paper, the potential of practice as a concept to examine and represent secondary visual arts teaching is investigated. A range of practice theories are first examined to identify common themes and principles. From this conceptual foundation, four theoretical principles are developed as a framework to consider the classroom-based complexities of secondary visual arts teaching. A methodological design is then derived from this conceptual foundation. In conclusion, the potential of applying this practice-based framework to the study of secondary visual arts classrooms is considered in relation to empirical research undertaken with teachers as co-researchers.

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