The Arts and administrators in school education.

Forrest, D and Jeanneret, N 2005, 'The Arts and administrators in school education.', in Backing Our Creativity: Research - Policy - Practice, Melbourne, Australia, 12-14 September 2005.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The Arts and administrators in school education.
Author(s) Forrest, D
Jeanneret, N
Year 2005
Conference name National Education and the Arts Symposium 2005
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 12-14 September 2005
Proceedings title Backing Our Creativity: Research - Policy - Practice
Publisher Australian Council for the Arts
Place of publication Surry Hills, Australia
Abstract The Backing Our Creativity symposium was convened by the Australia Council for the Arts in Melbourne on 12-14 In addressing the theme of the arts in school this paper considers the role of the administrator in supporting the arts in schools. The particular focus is not on the administrator within the school, but the administrator working at the policy and advisory level within the various departments of education at the state level. This paper builds on current ongoing research undertaken by Jeanneret and Forrest (2004) and Jeanneret, Forrest and Monfries (2005) concerned with role ambiguity and the impact on the effectiveness of organisational change that acknowledges the disparity between what the bureaucracy and the practitioners expect from middle management roles (as they relate to the arts). Many of the Australian state education systems support or have supported an arts (and particularly a music position) within the administrative centre of education departments. Although the roles and responsibilities assigned to these positions vary from state to state the one thing they do have in common is that they provide a reference point and voice for the arts in the broader context of education and subsequent policy making and implementation. This paper focuses on the place of the administrator in enabling change to be implemented within the educational system. The role of these administrators in working with various professional bodies and subject associations, classroom teachers and upper level management is addressed.
Subjects Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
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