Awakening the 'Sleeping Giant'?: The arts in the lives of Australian families

Barrett, Margaret S. and Smigiel, Heather (2003) Awakening the 'Sleeping Giant'?: The arts in the lives of Australian families. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 4 4: .

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Author Barrett, Margaret S.
Smigiel, Heather
Title Awakening the 'Sleeping Giant'?: The arts in the lives of Australian families
Journal name International Journal of Education and the Arts   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1529-8094
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 4
Issue 4
Place of publication Phoenix, United States
Publisher Arizona State University
Language eng
Subject 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
Abstract In 2001 a nation wide study (Costantoura, 2001) raised a number of questions in relation to the arts and Australian families. This study used group interviews and surveys to question people aged between 18 and 60 about their participation in the arts. Results from this study suggested that the arts add ‘an important dimension’ to family life; however, the ways this occurs and the nature of family participation in the arts were not made clear. Significantly, this study did not include the perceptions of young people under the age of 18. Here we report on one aspect of a complementary research project that sought to provide more information concerning the ways in which Australian families participate in the arts and to identify the meaning, purpose, and value of the arts for children (ages five to fifteen) in Australian school and community settings. Specifically, we focus on the ways in which children describe their engagement with the arts in family settings using the voices of young people as the primary source of data.
Keyword Arts
Australian families
Family life
Q-Index Code C1

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