Disciplinary Literacies In The Arts: Semiotic Explorations of Teachers’ Use of Multimodal and Aesthetic Metalanguage

Barton, Georgina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2703-238X and Burke, Katie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1086-8981 and Freebody, Peter (2022) Disciplinary Literacies In The Arts: Semiotic Explorations of Teachers’ Use of Multimodal and Aesthetic Metalanguage. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 23 (8). pp. 1-22.

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Abstract

Effective arts learning requires the development of important literacies. While investigation of discipline-specific literacies has filtered the literature, it is unclear if these literacies are acknowledged, understood, and/or taught. In this paper, we share the classroom discourse of two arts teachers in early and middle years across visual art and music—to determine how discipline-specific literacies are used and taught. Findings show that these teachers intuitively and consistently share age-appropriate arts-literacies and use semiotic metalanguage with their students to express and make meaning through arts practices. With contemporary research in the field of literacy consistently acknowledging the diverse ways we communicate and the importance of creative thinking and aesthetic-artistic reasoning, it is critical that classroom data, such as shared in this paper, is considered for future curriculum development. We conclude by recommending strategies and considerations for arts teachers when planning and implementing arts literacies to improve students’ applied understanding.


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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: 03 Jun 2022 01:46
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2022 01:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts; literacies; semiotic metalanguage; creative thinking
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
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160105 Secondary education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160103 Primary education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48708

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