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Re: Art Student Teaching

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Bob Greaves (
Wed, 08 Apr 1998 09:27:19 +1000

The Australian system generally has specific art trained teachers in
the secondary schools.. They used to be wholly art teacher trained now
they are fine art degree graduates with a 1 year Dip ED teacher
The Primary service requires all teachers to be generalist
classsroom teachers first then some specialize in art, music, physeD
library etc where the school chooses to spend its allocation on
variations in the staffings chedule.. Most specialist teachers would
have a major study in their area and would have a particular
interest in that area.
IN the "good old days" we had one year grad dip courses in Art for
primary teachers and they were given paid study leave to complete
the courses!!! We also had specialist advisors for each of the study
areas and consultants to assist teachers in the field.. All that has
gone now and it is left to the subject associations to take up the
slack.. Teachers are generally under a great deal of pressure because
of constant changes to currriculum, assessment and reporting with little
support from the governing Department of Education.. It seems
"Downsizing" has left us with larger classes (30 +) and a great deal
more stress.
Our Primary students here at Monash have one semester in
their second year Arts and Technology. (combining music dance drama
and visual art). They can elect in third year to do one or 2 other
arts based units. In 4th year they can do a specialized Technology
unit as well. Some choose to do an elective General Study in Studio
Arts for the 3 years,. It is these students who may later become
specialist art teachers in the primary schools
Bob Greaves.