Encouraging a dynamic relationship between the arts and literacy

Barton, Georgina and Ewing, Robyn (2017) Encouraging a dynamic relationship between the arts and literacy. In: The Palgrave handbook of global arts education. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 221-243. ISBN 978-1-137-55584-7


The significance and impact of the arts on and in education has been well documented globally (Bamford, 2006; Caldwell & Vaughan, 2012; Davis, 2008; Eisner, 2002; Fiske, 1999; Greene, 2001; Pascoe et al., 2005; Wright, 2003); however, there continues to be a disjuncture between what is prioritized in education policy and its perceived benefits, particularly in Western countries.The marginalization of the arts in education has been of concern for some time and appears to be linked to the increasing rise and acceptance of standardized tests to measure student achievement in the current performance-based measurement climate (Adams, 2011; Baguley & Fullarton, 2013; Baker, 2012; Barton, Baguley, & MacDonald, 2013; Ewing, 2010; Morris, 2011). Despite these observations, a rich diversity of arts education practices exists across a range of contexts. It is problematic, therefore, that quality arts education is not consistently valued in systemic and institutional policy and practice, despite its well-documented impact on learning and engagement (Bamford, 2006; Barrett, Everett, & Smigiel, 2012; Burnaford, Aprill, & Weiss, 2009; Eisner, 2002; Ewing, 2010; Fleming, Bresler, & O’Toole, 2015; Fleming, Gibson, & Anderson, 2016; Knowles & Cole, 2008; Winner, Goldstein, & Vincent-Lancrin, 2013). The major arts disciplines also have their own history and body of knowledge which have provided important contributions to arts education, including Music (Colwell & Richardson, 2002; McPherson & Welch, 2012; Schippers, 2010); Visual Arts (Efland, 1990; Hetland, Winner, Veenema, & Sheridan, 2013; Macdonald, 2004); Drama (Bolton, 1984; O’Toole, Stinson, & Moore, 2009; Taylor, 2000); Dance (Hanna, 1999; Preston-Dunlop, 1980; Smith-Autard, 2002); and Media Arts (Dezuanni & Raphael, 2012; Lemish, 2013; Wissler, Haseman, Wallace, & Keane, 2004).

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 04:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: the arts, literacy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55585-4_14
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33672

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