Multimodal Learning in Arts Education: A Collaborative Approach

By Arda Culpan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The paper draws on a project involving a music educator and a visual arts educator in the design, implementation, and evaluation of an Arts course for third year pre-service primary teachers. The course incorporates a student group project entailing arts skills and links to other curriculum areas. In addition it encourages students to develop a sense of creativity and collegial collaboration and to explore learning experiences they might promote in their own classrooms. The paper outlines the key concepts underpinning the planned learning experiences and the students’ engagement with these, particularly the project. It then draws on the reflections of one student group that, like many others, described their engagement with creative activity in the project as being synchronous with Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.

Keywords: Arts Education, Pre-service Teaching, Collaborative Learning

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.45-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 550.854KB).

Arda Culpan

Lecturer, School of Education, Bundoora Campus, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Arda Culpan has a long term professional interest in pre-service teacher education, particularly in the area of visual art education. She has been researching the creative potential of information communication technology as a resource for students and teachers alike, particularly in the area of visual art practice. She had initiated and developed a program of ICT integration within art education courses at pre-service teacher level and finds the need to continually reflect upon and refine the course content and teaching strategies in order to ensure all pre-service teachers have optimum opportunities to develop skills in discerning use if ICT along side traditional modes of visual art learning and teaching. She is a longterm practicing art. But although her own background in visual art is traditional, in more recent years she has been integrating ICT to extend her boundaries and thereby her expertise in teaching students in accord with the current demands of graduate teachers. Arda’s professional role also entails the design, delivery and evaluation of all the visual art courses within the School of Education, and Membership of Art Education Victoria, and Art Education Australia.


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