NAAE made a submission into the Review of the Melbourne Declaration. We noted that we hoped the revised version would ‘centralise The Arts in all children’s and young people’s learning, drawing on the extensive research showing that engagement through The Arts results in higher motivation and engagement with the subject matter being taught.’
We believe a key factor in achieving educational success for all Australian students is the provision of quality learning experiences in The Arts at primary and secondary school. And a growing body of Australian and International research unequivocally demonstrates the enormous benefits that The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Art) can have on students’ academic and non-academic success.
To create a workforce that is both innovative and creative, we believe school education should be included as part of the focus of the inquiry, with emphasis on senior schooling as a direct articulation into the tertiary environment. Curriculum and pedagogy in schools will inform the extent to which students are graduating from tertiary courses with the skills needed for the jobs of today and for the future.
Basic literacy, numeracy and scientific concepts are introduced through music, movement and visual arts making. Social skills, important for tolerance, understanding and celebration of diversity, are developed through arts experiences such as dramatic play, singing and dancing.
A submission to the federal Committee for the Review of Teaching and Teacher Education in response to the discussion paper Young People, Schools and Innovation: towards an action plan for the school sector (March 2003). The submission focuses on the deficiencies in teacher education in the arts, making it as relevant today as in 2003.