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An Analysis of the Presentation of Art in the British Primary School Curriculum and its Implications for teaching

Hallam, Jenny, Lee, Helen and Das Gupta, Mani (2009) An Analysis of the Presentation of Art in the British Primary School Curriculum and its Implications for teaching. In: Readings in Primary Art Education. Intellect Books, Bristol.

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This article presents an analysis of the way art is
conceptualised in the British primary school curriculum and provides an historical framework that maps an evolution of ideas that have shaped the way art is presented in the modern day primary curriculum. In order to achieve this a
Foucauldian style genealogical analysis is utilised
to trace the discourses (systems of meaning)surrounding the nature of children’s artistic development and how these discourses are used in the present day British primary curriculum to construe art in different ways. The analysis
in this article is threefold. It explores the presentation
of art in the curriculum as (1) an expressive subject, (2) a skills based subject, (3) a subject which focuses on art history and art appreciation. Second, the teaching positions
associated with each approach are identified as follows (a) the facilitator, (b) the expert and (c) the philosopher; as well as the issues teachers face when adopting these positions. Third, attention is given to how these theoretical principles might be linked to practice. In so doing this article contributes to the debate surrounding the value of art in the primary curriculum and the way in
which the curriculum serves to shape teaching practice.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Social Work, Allied and Public Health
Depositing User: Helen LEE
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 16:13
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:35

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