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Art education as social intervention

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This paper reflects on two aspects of the Portuguese education system: (i) the role and delivery of Citizenship Education in the national curriculum; and (ii) training provided by the Escola Superior de Educao do Instituto Politcnico de Viana do Castelo for teachers of Visual and Technological Education to children aged six to twelve. In the final two years of their four year degree course, these students design and implement visual art activities during teaching practice, and teach other school subjects such as Civic Education. The paper reflects upon their aims and methods for Citizenship Education and Art and ways in which they apply their knowledge of these subjects in school classrooms. It discusses obstacles and difficulties arising during their teaching practice and identifies curricula lacks and/or needs.
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Keywords: Citizenship education; Portugal; teacher training; visual art

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Instituto Politcnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Publication date: 2008-07-07

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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