The Dreamtime and imagination: using Aboriginal stories and the arts in teaching and learning

Ranatunga, Jacqueline, Strodl, Ulrik, and Sorin, Reesa (2014) The Dreamtime and imagination: using Aboriginal stories and the arts in teaching and learning. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education. From: IERG 2014: 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education, 2-4 July 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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The Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich connection to land, country and spirit. This comes through in their stories about the "Dreamtime", or period of creation. Dreamtime stories are popular in Australia today and are rich sources for teaching and learning. While the presentation draws upon using one example of the Dreamtime story of Tiddalik, a greedy frog, this paper focuses on two research projects conducted on arts-based pedagogy. It explores how arts-based methods, such as drawing, painting, drama, movement, music and literature, can be used to teach both curriculum subjects and general capabilities. In this paper, we focus on the teaching of mathematics and social and emotional wellbeing, as prototypes for teaching using arts-based methods. It is based on two action research projects, where the story form model and the arts were implemented to engage students in learning and to develop their mathematical understandings and social/emotional wellbeing.

Item ID: 36787
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: arts-based teaching and learning; imaginative education
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 00:03
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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