The aims of art education: an analysis of visual art in Tasmania's Essential Learnings curriculum

Shillito, Sofia and Beswick, Kim and Baguley, Margaret (2008) The aims of art education: an analysis of visual art in Tasmania's Essential Learnings curriculum. Australian Online Journal of Arts Education, 4 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1833-1505


The study reported in this paper examined the aims of visual art education implicit in Tasmania’s recently introduced Essential Learnings curriculum documents and the explicit views of experts who were influential in the development of the Tasmanian curriculum. Substantial overlap between these these aims those presented in the reviewed arts education literature were identified as well as some interesting distinctions. In addition, discrepancies were identified between the views of the experts and those conveyed in the documents.
The reasons for which visual art is seen as important for students will shape the way programs are
structured, supported and delivered. The place of art in the curriculum and the outcomes and aims for students are decided by the functions it is perceived to have in education and the lives of students. It was with this in mind that this study sought to uncover both explicit and implicit aims of art education in Tasmania’s curriculum. The findings may serve as a stimulus for arts educators in other jurisdictions to reflect upon the aims inherent in relevant curricula and the ways in which these aims are communicated to the teachers whose understanding thereof is crucial to their achievement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting Author's version and publisher permission.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2010 12:02
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 12:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: art education, curriculum, Essential Learnings, Tasmania, teachers, communication
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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