Dread and passion: primary and secondary teachers' views on teaching the arts

Graeme B. Wilson, Raymond A.R. MacDonald, Charles Byrne, Sandra Ewing, Marion Sheridan

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Abstract

This article reports on a study of the views of Scottish teachers concerning the delivery of arts subjects within the 5-14 curriculum. Data were gathered through focus group interviews with primary, secondary and primary head teachers, and a questionnaire survey of 232 teachers in 10 Scottish LEAs. Research issues included the balance of the curriculum; assessment; the specialist knowledge required to teach each subject with confidence; how the arts were valued by parents and schools; and the benefits which may accrue to pupils and the school through participation in the arts. This article compares findings from primary teachers with those from secondary teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-53
Number of pages17
JournalCurriculum Journal
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008

Keywords

  • psychology
  • primary and secondary school teaching
  • arts education

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    Wilson, G. B., MacDonald, R. A. R., Byrne, C., Ewing, S., & Sheridan, M. (2008). Dread and passion: primary and secondary teachers' views on teaching the arts. Curriculum Journal, 19(1), 37-53. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585170801903266