English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 31.2
Volume 31 No 2 19 English Australia Journal • create a narrative or thematic understanding about the artwork • connect contextual information about the artist, artwork and historical information in students’ interpretations • scaffold instruction • create a bridge between written and visual texts • make learning relevant and meaningful by selecting an appropriate exhibit • help students develop self-esteem and presentation skills by encouraging them to share and perform their written pieces • model ‘deciphering’ an artwork (problem-solving) • encourage students to notice the scale, size, texture, height and placement of an artwork that is not visible in artwork reproductions • create or use ready-made education resources during pre-visit, post-visit and during-the-visit. Future research implications While looking at and discussing original art objects in a museum environment can have numerous benefits, it is appreciated that not all teachers may have the opportunity to take their students to a museum. This could be due to a number of factors ranging from geographical location to disapproval by school administration. This leads to future research questions, particularly with regard to the strategies that teachers could use to integrate high-resolution art reproductions or virtual reality tools in the classroom. Would reproductions or virtual reality imaging have the same impact on students’ writing as taking students to a museum? Another focus could be an examination of the obstacles teachers may be facing in developing successful resources to support learning with artworks in museum environments, and professional learning that could facilitate their participation in museum experiences. References Australian Museum, Programs for ESL and Adult Students (2014). Retrieved from http://australianmuseum.net.au/programs-for-esl-and-adult-literacy-students Allan, J. (2008). Rethinking inclusive education: The philosophers of difference in practice. Dordrecht: Springer.
English Australia Journal 31.1
English Australia Journal 32.1