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‘The latest curriculum “shape paper”, released for consultation, says students would study the five art forms for a minimum of two hours a week.
By Year 9 they would have the chance to specialise in one or more art forms.’ (see below for full extract)
Bethany Hiatt – West Australian
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Worries over art strategy for schools
BETHANY HIATT EDUCATION EDITOR, The West Australian October 8, 2010, 2:05 am
All children from kindergarten to Year 8 will have to study music, drama, dance, visual arts and media arts under the new national arts curriculum.
The latest curriculum “shape paper”, released today for consultation, says students would study the five art forms for a minimum of two hours a week.
By Year 9 they would have the chance to specialise in one or more art forms.
WA visual art and music teachers are concerned their subjects will be watered down if they are lumped with other arts disciplines.
Art Education Association of WA spokeswoman Genevie Baker said it would have preferred the curriculum emphasis to be split between just two main areas, visual and performing arts.
She said teachers were concerned that if the five areas were compulsory, students would not study any in depth and primary school teachers would not have the expertise to teach all five.
Judith Haldane, chair of the WA chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education, said all arts educators hoped their own discipline would get proper attention in the curriculum.
Music teachers submitted concerns after an advice paper came out in May.
“We felt we didn’t like the idea of all the arts under an arts banner, that each area should be distinct because not all arts areas are the same,” she said.
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority chief executive Peter Hill said the paper recognised for the first time that all students were entitled to learn about all five art forms.
“In the past, some students have missed out because the curriculum has been focused on one or two art forms only,” he said.
“What this shape paper says to teachers and parents is that we want each young person to develop an appreciation and an understanding of each art form.”
Dr Hill said the benefit of exposure to all five art forms was that students could make an educated decision when they reached a point in their schooling when they were able to specialise.
In WA, there is currently no set time mandated for arts study in primary school but it is expected to be part of a balanced curriculum.
The paper is open for comment until December 17. A final version of the arts curriculum is expected to be ready for implementation in schools by 2012.