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

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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Penelope Collet
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
32
Issue No.: 
1
Page numbers of article: 
69-78
Year of publication: 
2009
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

A cooperation between a university campus and an art gallery in the same regional centre is documented in this article to demonstrate how new approaches can invigorate and strengthen past practices. A fiftieth anniversary exhibition of an art collection (a fine art teaching collection) in the education faculty of La Trobe University, Bendigo campus, was celebrated in 2008. The exhibition heightened public and student awareness to the importance of the collection in terms of the value and significance of the art works and also in the sense that it provided a 'window into the university' revealing what was available there for research, teaching and learning. The article outlines the results of a survey, which measured students' perceptions of the art collection's contribution to their aesthetic development, their learning about Australian art history and culture, and their ability to teach about art and use art collections. It is envisaged that these results will enable further invigoration of teacher education programs.

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