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ERIC Number: ED444165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 15
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Multiliteracies: A New Direction for Arts Education.
Thwaites, Trevor
The New Zealand Curriculum Framework identifies seven Essential Learning Areas, namely, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Technology, Health and Physical Education, and the Arts. These have been in the process of development since 1993, with the Arts section written in draft form in 1998 and released for consultation in 1999. Being positioned last in curriculum development implies that the Arts are at the bottom of a preferred hierarchy of knowledge promoted by the state. This has been further reinforced by the increased drive to promote literacy, numeracy, and information technology in schooling. The "knowledge economy" catch-cry in New Zealand totally ignores the notion of a "creative knowledge." In an effort to increase the perceived value of the arts, the writers of the draft "Arts Curriculum" embraced the concept of multiple literacies, which seeks to broaden the understanding of literacy in teaching and learning and to acknowledge a multiplicity of discourses within the school curriculum. Literacy should imply a mode of meaning other than the purely linguistic, it needs to incorporate visual, aural, gestural, spatial, and multimodal meanings (The New London Group, 1996). Literacies in the arts are developed as students learn in, through, and about different arts forms within the arts disciplines and use its languages to communicate and interpret meaning. This paper details the development of "The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum" and the acknowledgment within the curriculum of the notion of literacy in the arts. It takes the view that the concept of multiliteracies might be a direction for the arts to take in order to counter the pro-literacy canon embraced by the state. The paper discusses the potential of such a concept in preventing further marginalization of the arts in New Zealand schools. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/RS)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand