The Role of Critical and Creative Thinking in Australian Primary and Secondary School Visual Arts Education
Abstract: This paper is a presentation of some of the findings from my PhD (multi-case study) research conducted over the last four years.
The study analysed conditions that favoured or discouraged the use of critical and creative thinking amongst students during visual arts class. The content of visual art programs, the suitability of school and classroom environments and the performance of teachers and students were all considered to be important factors in evaluating the critical and creative thinking orientation of visual arts lessons. The research sought to represent the realities of classroom environments as much as possible from the perspective of the different individuals participating and contributing to that environment.
The focus of the paper presentation will be a brief summary of the range of cognitive orientations found in each teaching and learning environment in terms of the opportunities that existed for students to engage critically and creatively during visual arts classes.
Keywords: Visual Arts Education
Frances Anne Alter
Lecturer in Visual Arts Education, Visual Arts Education, School of Education, University of New England