Wellbeing and arts education: opportunities for increasing advocacy

McDonald, Janet Alison and Aprill, Arnold and Mills, Deborah and Kerby, Martin (2017) Wellbeing and arts education: opportunities for increasing advocacy. Australian Art Education, 38 (1). pp. 93-107. ISSN 1032-1942


The importance of wellbeing for social and community health is often predicated on a ‘medical model’. This paper explores existing research which proposes a return to Aristotle’s eudaimonic understanding of wellbeing. An Eudaimonic approach values pleasure, enjoyment and beauty. However, the absence of wellbeing from policy documents related to arts education is of concern, particularly as the arts have been shown to increase empathy, tolerance and imagination. This paper therefore advocates for the transformational quality of experimentation, evident in the arts, which increases the wellbeing of students in a range of ways including the ability to recognise and explore nuance.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Art Education Australia.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 04:18
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts, collaboration, community, curriculum, eudaimonia, identity, health, policy, wellbeing
Fields of Research : 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 > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33588

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