“I Just Don’t Have the Capability”: Examining the Impact of Declining Arts Education on Teacher Beliefs

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Title “I Just Don’t Have the Capability”: Examining the Impact of Declining Arts Education on Teacher Beliefs
Author Garvis, Susie
Journal Name The International Journal of Learning
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Common Ground
Abstract Arts education is an essential component of a comprehensive education, requiring highly skilled teachers to achieve quality arts education (Andrews, 2004). Teachers gain such skills in teacher education, to enhance their confidence and capability in teaching the arts. Without these necessary skills however, they may develop a lack of confidence, motivation and knowledge (Henessy, Rolfe, & Chedoy, 2001; Russell-Bowie, 2004). Greater recognition of experiences in arts education in teacher training is necessary to shed light on the current problem of instigation of the arts in schools. This paper provides insights into a research project that attempts to contribute towards filling this void, in order to improve teachers' effectiveness in the arts domain. It examines beginning teachers' experiences during their arts teacher education and the impact of these experiences on their current engagement with arts education. Results suggest that with this group of beginning teachers, limited or negative exposure to arts education during teacher training may reduce the likelihood that a beginning teacher will engage with the arts as part of their teaching practice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.2224
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal’s website or contact the author.
Volume 16
Issue Number 6
Page from 533
Page to 540
ISSN 1447-9494
Date Accessioned 2009-11-24
Language en_US
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34375
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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