A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 3. Partnership Issues
· 3 · partnership issues Artist-Teacher Collaboration A fundamental aspect of an arts education partnership is artist-teacher col- laboration involving the integration of artistic knowledge and skills with the curricular requirements of government-mandated education guidelines. The partners identified number and timing of meetings as indicators of the level of collaboration among the participants throughout the three phases of the arts projects, that is, planning, implementation, and debriefing (refer to appendix 1, pp. 105–109). The meetings within these phases focused on orga- nizing classroom learning, delivering instruction, and reviewing the progress of projects, respectively. The amount of artist-teacher collaboration can be placed on a continuum: Low Level of Collaboration, characterized by limited planning, usually by telephone, informal meeting, or e-mail; Moderately Low Level of Collaboration, with in-person planning meetings undertaken prior to the commencement of the arts project; Moderately High Level of Collabora- tion, characterized by planning and implementation meetings during the first two phases of the arts project; and High Level of Collaboration, with planning, implementation, and debriefing meetings undertaken throughout the three phases of the project (table 3.1). 24 a case study of a national arts education partnership Table 3.1. Levels of Collaboration. Low Level Moderately Low Moderately High High Level Limited informal communications In-person Planning Meetings Planning and Implementation Meetings Planning, Implementa- tion, and Debriefing Meetings Those projects characterized by a Low Level of Collaboration exhibited an authoritarian approach in the organization of the arts projects by the project coordinators, which resulted in limited planning among the partners, usually...
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