Drawing on creative arts therapy approaches to enhance inclusive school cultures and student wellbeing

Hannigan, Shelley, Grima-Farrell, Christine and Wardman, Natasha 2019, Drawing on creative arts therapy approaches to enhance inclusive school cultures and student wellbeing, Issues in educational research, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 756-733.

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Title Drawing on creative arts therapy approaches to enhance inclusive school cultures and student wellbeing
Author(s) Hannigan, ShelleyORCID iD for Hannigan, Shelley orcid.org/0000-0002-3232-5761
Grima-Farrell, Christine
Wardman, Natasha
Journal name Issues in educational research
Volume number 29
Issue number 3
Start page 756
End page 733
Total pages 18
Publisher Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 0313-7155
Keyword(s) creative art therapy
education
well-being
inclusive
mental health
art
Summary With an interdisciplinary focus on creativity, inclusion and wellbeing, this paper provides a conceptual argument for additional and reimagined arts education programs in schools that incorporate creative arts therapies. Based on a review of literature in this field, it documents the practices and value of creative art therapies, for students currently experiencing or at risk of mental health problems. In a global context where mental health issues are on the rise, an emotional curriculum is discussed that includes awareness of mental health issues, promotion of wellbeing and incorporation of inclusivity to enhance positive outcomes for individuals and communities. A philosophy is presented that aims to connect students and teachers through art experiences in a way that meaningfully and effectively addresses the strengths and needs of a diverse range of students. Drawing on the authors’ different practices, positive psychology and post-structural theory, this philosophy seeks to maximise student’s potential to flourish as individuals and classroom members, whilst acknowledging that we all experience life and learning differently.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
130106 Secondary Education
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID no grant
Copyright notice ©2019, Hannigan, S., Grima-Farrell, C. & Wardman, N.
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