Education in the Arts eBook

Third Edition

Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret, John O'Toole, Mary Ann Hunter

Education in the Arts eBook

Third Edition

Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret, John O'Toole, Mary Ann Hunter






18 Oct 2017




$76.95 AUD

$87.99 NZD

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Teach with confidence across all 5 art streams

This book combines a number of important purposes. To provide students with:

  • an understanding of the place of the arts in society and in schools
  • an introduction to the basic principles of each art form and how to teach it
  • vivid pictures of how the arts actually work in real classroom situations, through case study examples
  • suggestions for how to build and adapt on the case study examples in your own primary classrooms, and perhaps most important of all;
  • the confidence to bring the arts into the classroom.

Grounded in theory and research, with links to teaching practice, Education in the Arts helps students apply what they are learning to new contexts, and encourages them to become reflective and mindful practitioners. Students can continue to use this book as they become practising teachers, drawing on how to implement the various arts practices in a school setting.

New to this Edition

  • New Part Four – Arts and Community which includes new chapters:
    • Chapter 16 - What can mindful educators learn from artists who work with children?
    • Chapter 17 - The Arts and Teaching for Diversity.
  • New cases studies across the book, with accompanying ‘beyond the case study’ section:
    • Each chapter now includes one extended case study allowing for greater depth of description and analysis of the practice under review;
    • ‘Beyond the case study’ draws out the strategies and approaches embedded in each case study and invites students and educators to explore how these can be applied in their own teaching contexts


    Part One: Key Principles

  1. Teaching with Art in Mind 
    John O’Toole, Mary Ann Hunter, Chris Sinclair and Neryl Jeanneret
  2. The Arts, Creativity and Play
    John O’Toole
  3. Learning in the Arts
    Neryl Jeanneret
  4. Arts Education as Intercultural and Social Dialogue
    Kate Donelan
  5. General Capabilities and Multiple Literacies
    John O’Toole
  6. Teaching for the Aesthetic, Teaching as Aesthetic
    Christine Sinclair
  7. Shower Singing and Other Essentials
    Julia Reid
  8. Part Two: Teaching the Artforms

  9. Dance: Art Embodied
    Jan Deans, Jeff Meiners, Sarah Young and Katrina Rank
  10. Drama: Social Dreaming in the 21st Century
    Jane Bird, Kate Donelan and Christine Sinclair
  11. Media Arts
    Michael Dezuanni
  12. Music in the Primary Classroom
    Neryl Jeanneret, Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger, Sue Arney
  13. Learning in and through the Visual Arts
    Robert Brown, Marnee Watkins and Gina Grant
  14. Part three: integrating and applying the arts

  15. Learning and Teaching through the Arts
    Pam Macintyre, Richard Sallis, Robert Brown and Paul Molyneux
  16. Integrating the Arts
    David Kelman, Marnee Watkins, Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger and Christine Sinclair
  17. Part Four: Arts and Community

  18. Support and Partnerships for the Teacher
    Neryl Jeanneret, John O’Toole and Chris Sinclair
  19. What Can Mindful Educators Learn from Artists who Work with Children?
    Mary Ann Hunter and Robert Brown
  20. The Arts and Teaching for Diversity
    Jo Raphael and Mary Ann Hunter


Christine Sinclair is the Head of Drama Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Neryl Jeanneret is the Head of Music Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

John O’Toole is Honorary Professorial Fellow of The University of Melbourne where he was Foundation Chair of Arts Education. He is also Honorary Professor of Drama Education and Applied Theatre at Griffith University.

Mary Ann Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Drama Education at the University of Tasmania.

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Education in the Arts 3rd edition for their course:

  • Additional case studies to use with students