Mentoring in the Arts: Supporting Teachers to become Researchers
Prof Marjory Anne Ebbeck.
The research study was conducted over 18 months and University mentors worked in a large primary school with teachers to increase teachers'confidence and skills in conducting field based research using the arts as a focus. Through a mentoring process teachers identified research problems and then followed up with planning, implementing and evaluating their specific research project. Some teachers worked as individuals whilst others worked in small groups. The whole school was involved and evidence emerged that through participation and support the arts became a vehicle for enriched learning for students and staff alike. Teachers gained confidence in documenting student involvement in the arts. Teacher self reflection and analysis was an important part of the process. Increased confidence was manifested in both staff and students and the entire school became a community of significant arts exploration.
The presentation will present some of the specific projects embarked upon and discuss challenges and solutions which emerged during the process.
The project was supported by the Spencer Foundation in the US.
Prof Marjory Anne Ebbeck (Australia)
School of Education
University of South Australia
Professor of Early Childhood
Education, Program Director B Ed (ECE) offshore program Singapore, Coordinator of early childhood research degrees
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)