What Education can Learn from the Arts

By Erina Junius.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Learner-centred Education (LCE) and Outcomes-based Education (OBE) relies heavily on specific methods and approaches which differ from the traditional Teacher-centred Education philosophy. This paper uses as central reference the work of Elliot Eisner as presented in ‘Arts and the Creation of Mind’ and strives to apply it in teacher education and learning processes in the Arts.
The following topics will be briefly addressed:
-There can be more than one answer to a question;
- The relationship between form and content;
- The importance of imagination and the sensibilities;
-The importance of intrinsic satisfaction;
- Understanding is secured by more than literal language and quantification;
- The importance of being flexibly purposive in the course of one’s work.
When activities in fields, traditionally seen as academic subjects, are pursued for their aesthetic properties, these fields are starting to be treated as potential art forms, and in so doing, the arts can become a model for education.

Keywords: Education, Arts, Learning Processes

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.259-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 515.378KB).

Erina Junius

Arts Centre, Windhoek College of Education, Namibia

Erina Junius has graduated at the University of Stellenbosch (S.A.) and obtained her M.Mus (Music Education) Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria (S.A.) She also holds Teacher and Performer’s Licentiates from the Trinity College of London and UNISA for Recorder and Church Organ. She has been involved during the last 16 years in the development of Arts syllabi for Namibian schools and Teacher Education. She presented a research paper titled “A Brief Overview of Music and Arts Education for Namibian Children” at MISTEC (Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission) in Granada, Spain, during 2004. She is the Namibian co-ordinator of an exchange programme for Arts lecturers and students between Namibia and the University of Umeå, Sweden. During her years as music educator, she has presented a number of teacher workshops in recorder and choir conducting, as well as conducting a number of school and community mass choirs. She serves as tutor for Junior Primary Music & Dance for a distance teaching program.


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