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Creative pedagogies : "art-full" reading and writing

Grant, Audrey, Hutchison, Kirsten, Hornsby, David and Brooke, Sarah 2008, Creative pedagogies : "art-full" reading and writing, English Teaching : Practice and Critique, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 57-72.

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Title Creative pedagogies : "art-full" reading and writing
Author(s) Grant, Audrey
Hutchison, Kirsten
Hornsby, David
Brooke, Sarah
Journal name English Teaching : Practice and Critique
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 57
End page 72
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Waikato
Place of publication Hamilton, N.Z.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1175-8708
Keyword(s) Arts-based inquiry
play
creative arts
visual arts
pedagogy
children’s literature
reading
writing in role
multiliteracies
Summary This paper reports on a small-scale research inquiry, designed to support teachers in a Melbourne primary school to bring together the arts, reading and writing in their classrooms in ways that create possibilities for "art-full" teaching and learning. The principal, concerned by underperformance on State literacy tests of the school’s largely working-class and NESB population, requested David Hornsby and other members of the project team from the Education Faculty at La Trobe University to offer whole-school professional development. The focus was on developing oral language as a foundation for literacy learning, enacting Britton’s claim that “reading and writing float on a sea of talk”. The project team introduced the teachers to a range of innovative classroom practices for using visual and performance arts, literature, music and crafts. Drawing on video, interviews and writing samples, a number of teachers worked collaboratively with the research team to develop case studies of individual students with a range of literacy aptitudes and social skills. A key research question was: "What do children take from their engagement in arts-based activities into reading of literary texts, and potentially into writing from the perspective of another character?" In this paper we ponder this from three vantage points: by outlining the informing principles in our research project; confirming insights from current interdisciplinary work about children learning to see, do, act and say in play; and analysing the research data from the initial phase.
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Copyright 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028850

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Collection: School of Education
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