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Why it’s important educators are passionate about the Arts

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Why it’s important educators are passionate about the Arts

Professor Robyn Ewing from the University of Sydney sat down with Teacher magazine’s Rebecca Vukovic at Research Conference 2018 to discuss why it's important educators are passionate about the Arts.

Ewing says research shows that the different art forms are important for our social and emotional wellbeing.

‘… [there’s a] huge body of evidence that demonstrates that quality Arts processes and experiences, or Arts-rich processes, and experiences are able to transform what’s happening in the classroom,’ she says.

‘Whether it’s an early childhood setting, a primary, a secondary or a tertiary – because Arts processes embody a whole lot of those important processes we need in terms of developing our skills for coping with the huge challenges of 21st Century living and beyond.’

The Arts also allow us to use our imaginations, to take risks and to collaborate with others – which Ewing says are all important processes in each of the different subject areas taught in schools.

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Professor Ewing says the Arts are important for our social and emotional wellbeing. Think about how you embed the Arts into your lessons. What impact do these lessons have on the students in your class?

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