A survey of middle years students’ perceptions of aesthetic literacies, their importance and inclusion in curriculum and the workforce

Barton, Georgina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2703-238X and Le, Anh Hai (2022) A survey of middle years students’ perceptions of aesthetic literacies, their importance and inclusion in curriculum and the workforce. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1038-1562

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Abstract

The ways in which we communicate has expanded substantially. Not only are we expected to read and create print-based text but also those that include images and other modes. In order to effectively make meaning from contemporary texts students need to know about aesthetics that is, how various texts are appreciated and presented, but evidence suggests limited attention to aesthetics occurs in schools. The purpose of this paper is to investigate to what extent do middle years students understand the importance of aesthetics in their school work and in different professions. To address this, we share data from a survey distributed to 2 schools and completed by 80 middle years students aged 8 – 13 years of age. The survey aimed to determine these students’ knowledge and understanding of aesthetics and their associated literacies and if they knew the teaching of them is included in the curriculum. We also asked about their knowledge of aesthetics in different jobs. Findings showed that students are aware of aesthetics in society and work, but they also indicated they did not feel they had been taught these important literacies at school despite thinking they could improve their grades. These findings suggest that teachers and students may require more development in the area of aesthetic literacies to enhance language and material resources for meaning making. It is hoped that research on aesthetic literacies can provide further insight on their importance in preparing students to be job ready.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 22:34
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 22:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aesthetic literacies; Middle years students; Learning and teaching; Job ready
Fields of Research (2008): 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
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s44020-022-00006-2
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44949

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