On 30-31 sept. 2016, AlféA took part in a CIDREE Expert Meeting in Utrecht (NL) :
Experiences with a contemporary curriculum in visual arts and, how it contributes to 21st-century needs and skills
The Expert Meeting reviewed the place and approach of visual arts education in the education of every student (age 4-18), in the context of the development of « 21st century needs and skills« . The aim was to create an overview of the standards arts teachers use in the participating countries, as well as how these standards are implemented, what issues teachers face when putting them into practice, and how the curriculum supports students in developing skills.
In the Utrecht meeting we discussed the differences and the similarities in the place and approach of visual arts education in the participating countries to create an comparative overview of each national curricula in visual arts education. As curricula can be presented in various forms, the meeting focused on the curricula implemented. The key question was : what is really practiced in the classroom and how do teachers ‘deliver’ this? Discussion focused on the role of « 21st century needs and skills » in the visual arts curriculum and the quality of the programs implemented. We also discussed how visual arts education can foster the creative and innovative capacity of students, cultivating a new generation of creative citizens. We looked at what the students do, what the teachers do and what the results are in terms of quality.
- A comparative summary of the place and approach of visual arts education in the participating countries.
- An overview of similarities and differences in curricula and the way they are implemented.
- A review of « 21st century needs and skills » in the implemented visual arts curriculum and a discussion of the quality of outcomes (attained skills).
Participants (France) : J. C. Chabanne (Ifé/ENS de Lyon), L. Espinassy (ERGAPE/Aix-Marseille Université).
For more information about CIDREE : the Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe is a self-managing network of educational bodies that play a recognised national role in the field of curriculum development and/or educational research. The ENS de Lyon is a member of CIDREE through the French Institute of Education.
For more information about AlféA : AlféA’s website on hypotheses.org.