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Multiculturalism in arts education: engaging schools in effective and authentic pedagogies

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph, J Southcott
Serious questions have been raised by arts educators and community members about the effectiveness of multiculturalism that is usually enacted in Australian school settings by multi-arts festivals and related classroom activities. By exploring resources available to teachers, snapshots can be created of school practices that purport to be multicultural. Often these are only thematically integrated interdisciplinary exercises that do not reflect the complexity and diversity of true multiculturalism. Australia has for some time positioned itself as part of the global community. How this has been enacted in schools' multi-arts practices demonstrates our changing understanding of multiculturalism. The recent Australian National Review of School Music Education (2005) exhorts us to recognise cultural diversity, encourage participation and engagement and form partnerships, connections and networks. To achieve this we need to demonstrate authentic practice. Tucker (1992) has created an authenticity checklist that argues that materials should be prepared with the involvement of someone within the culture and include cultural context. Without this, we risk stripping the arts of much of its meaning. The authors contend that it should be possible in 21st century Australia to create authentic, meaningful arts education practices in schools given the rich cultural mosaic that forms our contemporary society.

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Event

Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2006 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)

Pagination

1 - 6

Publisher

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Place of publication

Coldstream, Vic.

Start date

2006-11-26

End date

2006-11-30

ISSN

1324-9339

eISSN

1324-9320

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2007, The Authors

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Jeffrey

Title of proceedings

AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia

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