A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 11. Discussion of Multiple Perspectives
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DISCUSSION OF MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES
This chapter discusses the findings from the in-depth interviews in the light of the research literature. Further, recommendations are formulated based on the findings for improving arts partnerships in educational settings based on the study findings, the research literature, and the principal investigator’s experience in the field across Canada during the implementation of the arts projects.
Overall, the data indicate low to moderate levels of collaboration among artists, teachers, and project administrators across the projects. This situation arises from the high level of collaboration in planning but lower levels in project implementation and debriefing. This pattern suggests that collaboration should be emphasized throughout all phases of a project, not just at the outset, and sufficient time provided to do so (Wilkinson, 2000).
Effective communications are essential for the success of projects operating at multiple sites with several partners. With large-scale, multisite projects, a system of communications among partners should be established that ensures regular ongoing contact throughout the duration of a project among ← 93 | 94 → via conferencing, e-mail, telephone, an Internet discussion group, and/or meetings (AEP, 2001).
Partners involved in an arts partnership require the opportunity to undergo professional development, an essential tool for improving the quality of the implementation of projects (Brophy; Seidel & Eppel, 2001). The analysis of partnership issues in this study indicates that artists require knowledge of curricular outcomes and expertise in teaching,...
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