Arts Research on Teachers and Students (ARTS): Pedagogies and Practices, Phase 2

Project Number
OER 08/10 LC

Project Duration
December 2010 - February 2014


ARTS2 is a bridging phase of a very successful and enormously fruitful on-going research project conducted by the National Institute of Education (NIE) and School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). Funding for ARTS2 will allow the researchers to: 1) continue and sustain ongoing research activities, especially in curriculum development; 2) strengthen the partnership between NIE and SOTA; and 3) pursue newly emerging lines of research which include making learning visible, signature pedagogies, and the emotional, creative and cognitive aspects associated with students’ accomplishments and outcomes. From the outset, the project had been conceptualized as a 6-year research project. Continued funding of this project has become even more apparent as new findings are uncovered. The project’s overarching research question is: What is the nature of the interactions among curricula, pedagogies and practices at SOTA and their effects on students’ learning experiences, motivation, engagement, accomplishments and outcomes? Our study of SOTA is consistent with the ecological approach to design ethnography (Barab, Thomas, Dodge, Squire, & Newell, 2004; Barab & Roth, 2006). The design ethnography approach is based on: 1) knowing as action; 2) knowing as occurring within a context—in this case, the context is SOTA and as it is situated within the Singapore arts landscape; 3) knowing as reciprocally constructed by the NIE researchers SOTA’s teachers, students, and environment; and 4) knowing as a series of encounters and interactions. Design ethnography involves deep engagement within a particular context over an extended period of time. The methodology purposefully integrates both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods. Day, Sammons and Qing (2008) documented that purposeful integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches facilitate “conceptual and methodological synergy” and “are likely to advance the field (p. 340). The project adds value to NIE and Singapore. It is important for Singapore—and Asia—to examine how the next generation of artists, arts educators and arts leadership can be nurtured. This is a compelling opportunity to propel and lend energy to the vision of Singapore as a Global Arts City and contribute to the 21st century arts Renaissance in Southeast Asia.

Research Themes
Curriculum Innovation & Reform**

Funding Source

Related Links
SingTeach Issue 42 (2013): Anchored in the Arts
ReEd Vol 13 (2014): Looking into Spaces for Expression
NIE Research Brief Series No. 13-007: Arts Research on Teachers and Students 2 (ARTS2): Pedagogies and Practices

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