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Delivering Authentic Arts Education with Student Resource Access 12 Months


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This practical text helps student teachers develop their confidence, understandings and skills so that they can effectively and authentically teach arts in primary and middle school classrooms. Delivering Authentic Arts Education outlines the true nature of arts education and its importance in the curriculum, emphasising the arts as forms of creative activity, meaning-making and expression in a cultural context.

Chapters discuss how to recognise and build on your existing artistic abilities and pedagogical skills, how to encourage children’s creativity, how to lead arts appreciation experiences, and the general principles of planning and assessment. They then examine the five arts areas: dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts. The final part of the text contains sample learning activities and resources that demonstrate how to plan an effective lesson within a unit of inquiry.

Practical tips, classroom ‘snapshots’, starter ideas and suggestions for online resources show you the links between theory and practice so you can develop arts education experiences that are purposeful, stimulating and engaging for everyone.


  • Classroom Snapshot boxes with real-life examples show readers what the principles of quality, authentic arts education look like in practice.
  • 'Key people’ icons flag important educationalists, influential theorists and a selection of well-known artists for students to explore further. The CourseMate Express website contains more information on these key people.
  • ‘Starter ideas’ boxes suggest activities that readers can use to introduce children to the relevant arts principles, elements and skills.
  • ‘At-a-glance’ boxes provide quick overviews of key concepts, practical tips and useful resources that help beginning teachers to hit the ground running.
  • 'Online resources’ boxes list good quality online materials, providing a benchmark so that students can be more discerning about material they may come across on other sites.
  • End-of-chapter learning activities help readers consolidate learning or supplement the material presented in the chapter.
  • So that student teachers can learn how to plan quality primary arts programs, Part three of the text contains frameworks for developing units of inquiry, along with sample lessons and other resources that demonstrate authentic arts education. Further samples are available online.

New to Edition

  • Fully updated to reflect the framework and terminology of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, making it easy to connect to the curriculum documents.
  • Chapters 6-10 now include overviews on each arts area ‘...in the Australian curriculum’, summarising the expectations for learning in the primary years to help teachers become more familiar with each arts subject.
  • A new unit of inquiry provides fresh examples of sample unit lesson plans and other resources that demonstrate authentic arts education in practice. Additional units of inquiry are available on the text’s CourseMate Express website
  • Chapters 2, 3 and 4 have been revised and restructured so that it is even easier to find relevant information on the contemporary context, the curriculum, the teacher and the student.
  • To further assist teachers to develop their confidence in teaching the arts, Chapters 6-10 include new sections on ‘Developing your competency’ for each arts area.

About the Authors

Judith Dinham

Judith Dinham is Senior Lecturer at Curtin University and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University; and the founding director of ProArts, a professional development provider for teachers. She has held senior university teaching and leadership positions in arts education and artists’ education over a number of decades and holds several university teaching awards. Dr Dinham's broad curriculum experience includes writing and presenting courses in early childhood, primary and secondary arts education.


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