UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Lok, Shuen-Li
National Institute of Education
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An Academic Exercise submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


As art educators, we all have our own preconceptions about art. But if we are not willing to change them, we cannot expect art education to improve. This study aims to examine how Singapore art teachers can create a nurturing environment in the art classroom. This is done so by understanding how they view the meaning of art, and the nature of their art teaching. In aid of this primarily qualitative study, a survey was conducted, with the intention of gaining an overview of its findings. Given the limited timeframe within which this research was carried out, the findings are derived from survey responses of only ten secondary school art teachers, each of whom were randomly selected from different local public schools.

Results suggest that the teachers tend to rely heavily on studio-centred art instruction. Results also indicate that the teachers view art more in the personal context than in a broader context where art is seen in relation to the self and to others as well. This can be seen to correlate with the need for them to adopt a more individualised approach to their art teaching.


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