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

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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Bedford, E.
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
32
Issue No.: 
1
Page numbers of article: 
29-44
Year of publication: 
2009
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Whilst it is readily acknowledged that art galleries provide valuable opportunities to enrich students' learning, some educators feel rather reluctant to use these institutions as part of their teaching; their primary concern being how they should teach in such informal surroundings. Based on the practices of four experienced art educators working in leading Australian art galleries, this article discusses a number of strategies teachers can adopt to enhance not only their professional development but their students' learning. The analysis finds that despite teaching in a gallery being complicated by the extent, to which perception is dependent on culture, field trips are a valuable learning resource and in using various teaching strategies can accommodate different subjects, needs, abilities, backgrounds and interests.

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