Literacy and knowledge: classroom practice in the arts

Barton, Georgina ORCID: and Freebody, Peter (2014) Literacy and knowledge: classroom practice in the arts. In: Literacy in the arts: retheorising learning and teaching. Springer, Switzerland, pp. 93-110. ISBN 9783319048451


This chapter explores how knowledge is built in classroom practice in the settings of arts-based school lessons. It details the ways in which literacy is 'put to work' in everyday arts classrooms. One aim is to show that these arts-based approaches to literacy learning not only support students' content area knowledge, but also impact on the ways in which they can use this knowledge as they participate and create in their learning. Although literacy has become identified with standardised testing and educational competitiveness, this chapter aims to demonstrate how literate practice is as much a set of social practices as it is measurable skill. Teaching and learning in the arts provides a distinct set of such social practices, varying according to which of the arts is explored. Classroom examples from dance, drama and visual arts highlight these attributes in this chapter. WE use an ethnomethodological approach to describe the types of literate practices worked up in classroom contexts.

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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 02:51
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Uncontrolled Keywords: arts-literacy relationship; literacy; the arts; classroom practice; literate practice; arts-based pedagogy
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
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