ERIC Number: EJ742053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Reference Count: 31
Learning to Be in Public Spaces: In from the Margins with Dancers, Sculptors, Painters and Musicians
Griffiths, Morwenna; Berry, Judy; Holt, Anne; Naylor, John; Weekes, Philippa
British Journal of Educational Studies, v54 n3 p352-371 Sep 2006
This article reports research in three Nottingham schools, concerned with (1) "The school as fertile ground: how the ethos of a school enables everyone in it to benefit from the presence of artists in class;" (2) "Children on the edge: how the arts reach those children who otherwise exclude themselves from class activities, for any reason" and (3) "Children's voices and choices: how even very young children can learn to express their wishes, and then have them realised through arts projects." The research methodology was rooted in two modes of inquiry, philosophical investigation and action research. The article draws on this research to argue that arts-based work in school has helped disadvantaged and/or disaffected children to engage in activities (both arts-based and others), and to be able to lay the groundwork for exercising voice and agency as they did so. If social justice is to flourish there is a need for particular kinds of public spaces and a need to create conditions such that children can learn to participate in those spaces, whether or not they are comfortable with the usual settings for "rational argument" or "deliberative democracy." It is suggested that arts-based education, in some forms, is one good way of creating these conditions.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dance, Artists, Musicians, Educational Research, Art Education, Art Activities, Research Methodology, Evaluation Methods, Disadvantaged Youth, Learning Activities
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Nottingham)