Educating for the Future: "Why artistic thinking is important for academic excellence and emotional resilience"

Educating for the Future: "Why artistic thinking is important for academic excellence and emotional resilience"

Date
Monday, 16 November 2020

Dr Pamela Costes-Onishi, Research Scientist at the Office of Education Research (OER), has published Artistic Thinking in Schools: Towards Innovative Arts /in/ Education Research for Future-Ready Learners (Springer 2019), a book that examines current context-specific trends and developments in empirical research on arts education and arts in education.

On 4 November 2020, Dr Onishi and other contributing authors of the book spoke at a webinar based on the book. Organised by OER, the webinar titled “Educating for the Future: Why artistic thinking is important for academic excellence and emotional resilience?”, focused on why we need arts in education to nurture the holistic dispositions needed for preparing a future-ready generation. The speakers spoke about the chapters they wrote for the book, and the research they conducted in Singapore that informed these writing.

Dr Onishi started the webinar by inviting the audience to ponder about “Artistic Thinking: What is it, really?” Next, Dr Kehk Bee Lian, Senior Lecturer at the Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Academic Group in NIE, spoke on “Art Teachers as Reflective Practitioners in the Classroom”, followed by Dr Caren Carino, Vice Dean (Dance) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, who discussed about “Teaching contemporary choreography: A research and inquiry-based approach”. Dr Jennifer Wong, VPA Lecturer, wrapped up the presentations with “Playbuilding: A platform for re-imagining and re-thinking identities and power”.

The session concluded with an open discussion and a lively question and answer segment moderated by Dr Onishi, and was attended by approximately 90 people. 

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Dr Pamela Costes-Onishi (top left), Dr Caren Carino (top right), Dr Jennifer Wong (bottom left), and Dr Khek Bee Lian (bottom right), speaking at the webinar