Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in primary school classrooms

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Watson, Marthy and Delaney, Nicole. 2023. "Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in primary school classrooms." 2023 Drama Australia National Conference . Newcastle, Australia 02 - 03 Jun 2023 Australia.
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Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in primary school classrooms

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsWatson, Marthy and Delaney, Nicole
Year2023
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://dramaaustralia.org.au/2023-conference-antidote/
Conference/Event2023 Drama Australia National Conference
Event Details
2023 Drama Australia National Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
02 to end of 03 Jun 2023
Event Location
Newcastle, Australia
Event Venue
University of Newcastle
Abstract

The arts play a critical role in assisting students in understanding their world and offer opportunities for creative ways to build agency, compassion and critical understanding. When teachers and students engage in embodied experiences, they open spaces to create authentic responses to challenges and change. However, the marginalisation of drama education and the increasing pressure to privilege the academic efforts of literacy and numeracy in schools consigns students’ arts experiences to the margins. The presentation reports on a research project investigating the enactment of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts F – 10 in 11 regional, rural and remote primary school classrooms in Queensland. The presenters share their collaborative experiences and insights of working together on this project which identifies a diverse range of responses pointing to the complexity of student participation and engagement in the arts through their schools and communities. Findings reveal a strong willingness and desire among teachers and school leaders to strengthen community connections through performances and partnerships and the exploration of arts immersion for the well-being of their students.

Keywordsarts curriculum ; primary school ; classrooms
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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