Enhancing the role of the arts in primary pre-service teacher education

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This research sought to explore the impact upon pre-service teachers' orientations towards the arts of a performing arts week within a one-year postgraduate teacher education programme. There is evidence from a range of data collected before, during and after the week that it had helped to strengthen participants' self-image as artistic individuals who recognise the value of the arts in children's education and have enhanced confidence in working with different professionals to teach the arts in a cross-disciplinary way. Within a climate of compliance, this study suggests that pre-service teachers require such experiences to overcome their fear of curriculum innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-638
Number of pages9
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number3
Early online date8 Oct 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010


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