Balancing risk? First year performing arts students’ experience of a community arts event

Hains-Wesson,R and Campbell,A 2014, Balancing risk? First year performing arts students’ experience of a community arts event, Issues in Educational Research, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 320-342.

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Title Balancing risk? First year performing arts students’ experience of a community arts event
Author(s) Hains-Wesson,R
Journal name Issues in Educational Research
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 320
End page 342
Publisher Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0313-7155
Summary This study examines participants’ responses to first year students’ street performances as a non-placement work-integrated learning (WIL) activity over a two year period. The purpose of the study was to determine: (1) community perception, (2) continuous improvement, and (3) future needs. Data was collected through surveying participants’ post-viewing of the street performances, students’ reflective notes, and a recorded focus group interview. The findings indicated that audience members require additional assistance to value the students’ street performances. The results revealed that students require more guidance around researching the sites of practice, understanding group work dynamics, relaxation methods, intra- and interpersonal skill development, conflict resolution and how to effectively build community relations with the local government Council. From the findings, specific recommendations for continual improvement are made. These include offering an explanation of the street performances’ historical and aesthetic connections to the building sites for audience members, affording battery operated body-microphones and light rostrum for improved sight lines, delivering group dynamics information and arranging opportunities for students to engage more effectively with the Council. While the recommendations in this study are intended to advance the field of research that evaluates non-placement WIL performing arts curriculum in higher education, the findings are relevant to any group-based performance activity in learning and teaching.
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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