Core to the philosophy of The Project - Schools Industry Arts is the creation and fostering of meaningful links between schools, arts industry professionals and the community, and it is this philosophy that has informed the development of the Professional Development courses.
ACADEMIC RESEARCH There is growing recognition in the educational field that positive school engagement, not just numeracy and literacy skills, are the building blocks for success. Arts education has intrinsic value but also extrinsic benefits such as improved school attendance, cross-curriculum academic achievement and social and emotional well being, especially when arts education is implemented with a structured and innovative approach on a long-term basis (Caldwell, et all. 2011).
The Ministries of Education and Culture of the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) evaluated 35 arts rich programs in 35 countries with a focus on identifying excellence and the contributing factors to the success of these programs. A key finding was that quality arts education should be characterised by a strong partnership between schools and outside arts and community organisations (Bamford, 2006).
An additional finding by the UNESCO report was the need for more training for key providers of arts education (ie. Teachers). The world’s best performing school systems show a high level of quality teaching as the most important driver for student success, with one of the three key similarities of teachers from the highest performing schools being ongoing teacher development of instruction (Douglas and Harris, 2008).
The Project - Schools Industry Arts aims to continually learn from these findings and create interactive industry based arts learning for school communities commencing with providing quality and innovative arts educational experience for primary and secondary teachers.
Key pieces of research that informed the development of The Project - Schools Industry Arts' professional development programs are:
Bamford, A. (2006). The Wow Factor, Global Research Compendium on the Impact of the Arts in Education. Waxmann, Munster . Caldwell, B., Harris, J. & Vaughan, T. (2011). Bridging the Gap in School Achievement Through The Arts. Educational Transformations. Douglas, E. & Harris, J. (2008). Why Not The Best Schools? The Australian Report, Acer Press, Camberwell.