Laying good foundations? The value of art in the primary school

Gregory, P. (2017) Laying good foundations? The value of art in the primary school. In: Mateus-Berr, R. and Reitstätter, L., eds. Art & Design Education in Times of Change. Conversations Across Cultures. Vienna: de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110528329

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This paper will consider the value and position of art in the primary school in the context of the present time in English schools. The way in which children experience the subject is viewed as particularly important.

There are several reasons why this ought to be set out. The author trains primary teachers in art on several different training programmes offered by an English university. Discussions with the student teachers have not provided confidence that all is well in schools or that they feel adequately prepared to change to status quo as they begin their careers. For many years, the author has observed the quality of children’s art works found in the schools and also tried to support qualified teachers to find better ways of teaching the subject. What follows is therefore a personal view of the situation and the invitation is for others to look at the evidence base for these conclusions. Lastly, it is important to challenge others – especially teachers and teacher trainers – to consider how the future could be improved.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: primary education; art experience; breadth of curriculum; developmental opportunities
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Teacher Education and Development
Depositing User: Dr Peter Gregory
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 15:56
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 15:32

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