Multicultural arts education : attitudes and perceptions of Australian tertiary students

Joseph, Dawn 2012, Multicultural arts education : attitudes and perceptions of Australian tertiary students, International journal of humanities education, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 25-38.

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Title Multicultural arts education : attitudes and perceptions of Australian tertiary students
Author(s) Joseph, Dawn
Journal name International journal of humanities education
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 38
Total pages 14
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1447-9508
1447-9559
Keyword(s) Multiculturalism
Australian Multicultural Arts Education Teacher Education
Summary Through social interaction the Arts connects communities and brings people together where both contemporary and traditional arts can be preserved, protected and promoted. In multicultural Australia, the Arts provides a space in teaching and learning that enables students the opportunity to engage, create and imagine both individually and collectively. The ‘Arts’ in the wider community fosters empathy, acceptance and appreciation of difference where diversity is celebrated between people of different cultures, languages, religions, and ethnicities. Through a discussion of multiculturalism, teacher education and multicultural education, I argue that the Arts can be seen as an agent of social change, a powerful dais to alter perceptions, attitudes and beliefs. This paper situates itself in Melbourne (Australia) through the lens of celebrating our rich multicultural arts. Through questionnaire data collected in October 2010 from Arts Education final year students at Deakin University, I present a snapshot of their understandings of multiculturalism: what they value, believe and understand as agents of change in education. By experiencing multicultural arts, both new and different hybrid art forms can be explored in schools and the wider society. Through such connections, the Arts can foster a positive experience that promotes diversity and enhances intercultural and cross-cultural understanding in our multicultural Australian society.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Related work DU:30047207
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050469

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Education
School of International and Political Studies
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