The arts and staying cool

McArdle, Felicity A. (2008) The arts and staying cool. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(4), pp. 365-374.

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Art can be messy. Teaching art can be messy. Teaching can be a messy process. The art of making a space for the playfulness and messiness of teaching requires courage and letting go. This paper develops the verandah metaphor for re-thinking the place of the arts in education, in order to make space for some of the institutionalised ambivalence in arts education. Four sites of practice are examined, where contingencies come into play, and where current practices act to both enable and constrain our ways of working with young children. The paper concludes with some new (messy) possibilities for seeing and thinking about arts education.

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ID Code: 18503
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Early Childhood, Arts education, irony, Space as text
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2008.9.4.365
ISSN: 1463-9491
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Symposium Journals
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 01:39
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:51

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