Teacher perspectives on enhancing well-being education through integrating arts‐based practices

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Moar, Sigrid, Burke, Katie and Watson, Marthy. 2024. "Teacher perspectives on enhancing well-being education through integrating arts‐based practices." British Educational Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.4029
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Teacher perspectives on enhancing well-being education through integrating arts‐based practices

ERA Journal ID20005
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMoar, Sigrid, Burke, Katie and Watson, Marthy
Journal TitleBritish Educational Research Journal
Number of Pages19
Year2024
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0141-1926
1469-3518
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.4029
Web Address (URL)https://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/berj.4029
Abstract

Wellbeing education (WE) is increasingly offered among secondary schools internationally to promote the physical, social, emotional and mental health of young people. Current and emerging evidence proposes that scope exists for the enhancement of universal WE, and that arts-based approaches have significant potential for school programmes in enhancing the effectiveness of WE. This sits alongside a growing body of international literature that connects arts engagement with positive mental wellbeing across age groups. Existing research also shows that the evaluation of the goals, pedagogy and student engagement within WE from the perspectives of teachers is uncommon. To this end, this qualitative research investigated teacher perspectives on the potential for arts-based WE. Through an asynchronous group interview, 10 Australian secondary school arts teachers with expertise in a variety of visual and performing arts education reflected on current WE in light of their arts teaching practice, exploring possibilities for enhancement through art-based practices. Thematic analysis using a socio-ecological framework reveals strong support for arts-based WE, noting positive potential for arts engagement to facilitate increased teacher and student autonomy, relationship building, safe and inclusive environments, and enjoyable, embodied learning within WE.

Keywordsadolescent wellbeing, arts-based practices, school mental health promotion, wellbeing education
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
390412. Teacher and student wellbeing
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
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