Delivering Primary Visual Arts Education : Where rhetoric meets reality
Australian Art Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
In Australia the introduction nationally of Learning Areas as curriculum organisers saw The Arts identified as one of eight key learning areas. This, in essence, was a mandate to seriously address the arts in Primary schools (as well as Secondary schools) - a task that falls mainly to generalist Primary teachers. To determine the capacity of future generalist teachers to meet the needs of arts education requires an examination of two intersecting factors: student-teachers' arts experience prior to entering their teaching degree and the pre-service course provisions. This paper reports on a survey of Primary student-teachers' visual arts experience. It concludes that generalist beginning-teachers have poor arts backgrounds and therefore will struggle to provide effective visual arts education.