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EDP260 Arts Education Portfolio 3

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EDP260 Portfolio 3
By Amy Love 16494819
Goal 1: Australian Schooling Promotes Equity and Excellence
Australian governments, in collaboration with all school sectors, commit to promoting equity and excellence in Australian schooling.
This presentation will outline the ways that Arts education benefits Primary School learning and achieves the goals set out by the Melbourne Declaration of educational goals for young Australians, in relation to the information gathered from Delivering Authentic Arts Education (Dinham, 2011).
Catering for Diversity in the Classroom
In Australia's multi-cultural society, it is deemed essential to provide all students with a high quality education and equal opportunities free from discrimination of difference, for example: gender, language, culture, ethnicity or religion (MYCEETA, 2008, p.7). The Arts classroom provides students with personal space where they can represent their own ideas, follow lines of inquiry and begin to develop a self identity. Many of the features of the Arts allow for students to overcome the difficulties they face in their mainstream classroom as they are given different means in which to express their ideas and learning. For example, an English as a Second Language/ Dialect student can portray a much more clear and meaningful representation of their ideas in a visual art classroom as they are not faced with the language barrier they usually deal with in other subjects (Dinham, 2011, p. 12-13).

Catering for Diversity in the Classroom
Cultural Awareness and Connections
Another goal made by the Melbourne Declaration is for all schools to build on students' local cultural knowledge of Indigenous Australians and other cultures to ensure to ensure that schooling contributes to a socially cohesive society that respects and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity (MYCEETA, 2011, p.7). Cultural awareness and connections play a significant part to the Arts education and the world of culture is opened up to children through learning about the arts and their role in society. Through learning about the use of art throughout the world and the significance and differences art has among the different cultures and religions of the world allows students to connect their art activities to the wider world of artistic expression and begin to see how they belong, how others belong (Linham, 2011, p.12).
Creative Thinking and Behaviour
It is considered essential to promote a culture for excellence in all schools, by creating challenging and stimulating learning experiences and providing opportunities that enable all students to explore and build on their gifts and talents (MYCEETA, 2011, p.7). The Arts allows students to use self-expression to portray their emotions, thoughts and feelings in several different means. Some students possess a particular talent for some of the Arts programs and it is essential that they are provided with opportunities and challenges to build on their skills. However, the notion that students must have a certain talent or gift to succeed in the Arts is false and it is essential that all students are encouraged to participate and build confidence in the learning area (Linham, 2011, p.9). Research has shown that schools that value creativity lead the way in cultivating well-informed and active citizens, as their students are able to generate fresh ideas, communicate effectively, take calculate and imaginative risks, adapt easily to change and work
co-opperatively (Linham, 2011, p.7)

Reference List:
Dinham, J. (2011). Delivering Authentic Arts Education. Cengage Learning Australia: Victoria, Australia.

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs [MCEETYA]. (2008). The Melbourne Declaration of Goals for
Young Australians. Retrieved From: http://www.mceecdya.edu.au/verve/_resources/national_declaration_on_the_educational_goals_for_young_australians.pdf
Goal 2
All young Australian become successful Learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
Creating Successful Learners
It is a main goal of the MYCEETA for all young Australians to become successful learners, who are able to
Be creative, innovative and resourceful, as well as, solve problems in a way that draws upon a range of learning areas and disciplines.
Plan activities independently, collaborate, work in teams and communicate ideas.
Make sense of their world and think about how things have become the way they are (MYCEETA, 2011, p.8).

Authentic Arts learning will help to achieve these goals in many different ways. A program of arts lessons that are relevant, challenging and interesting to the students, provide opportunities to explore and develop ideas, make and present art work, reflect on ideas and connect ideas to the wider world of cultural expression. Also, and authentic arts program develops children's capacities to act creatively, think flexibly and solve problems, skills that are considered essential to succeeding in the twenty-first century. The arts learning area also provides a platform for teaching an integrated curriculum as many of the topics covered in the arts are also taught in other subjects, for example, symmetry can be taught in both Maths and Visual
Art (Linham, 2011, p.18-19).
Creating Active and Informed Citizens
In order for students to become active and informed individuals, it is essential that they:
Appreciate Australia's social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.
Understand and acknowledge the value of indigenous cultures.
Be able to relate to and communicate across culture.

Research has shown that the arts has many benefits on cultural acceptance and awareness and provides opportunities for students to develop understanding and respect for cultures and religions other than their own. The arts also allows students recognize that every culture uses the arts as forms of expressions and communication (Dinham, 2011, p.8-9).
Shaping Confident and Creative Individuals
It is the goal of the MYCEETA to shape creative and confident individuals who:
Have a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity, that allows them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical well-being.
Are enterprising, show initiative and use their creative abilities.

Arts education provides a personal creative place where students are able to use self-expression, and creative means to express their ideas and emotions, and follow a line of inquiry that interests them. Therefore, through the arts learning area, many students develop their creative capacities and sense of self (Linham, 2011, p.12).
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