There is an X Factor in learning that emphasizes our love of life. It is the Expressive quotient (highlighted in the Big Four framework). Expression is an external representation of what we internalise, what we feel and what we believe. Our desire to express is our inner voice finding the confidence to engage with others.
The key disciplines are Drama, Visual Arts, Music, Dance. Each is a discipline that requires practice and performance.
When we teach these creative subjects, we are exploring opportunities to develop much more than content and knowledge-based skill sets. The teaching of the Creative Arts sprouts self-confidence, collaboration, social communication, self-expression, and nurtures self-esteem. There is research that highlights the academic benefits of a creative arts program.
The bottom line for the Creative Arts disciplines is how we nurture engagement – and with whom. Schools should be open to expertise and look to their community to find the opportunities to explore the Creative Arts. Having this opportunity as part of an experiential frame (the third of the Three Frames of Learning) establishes links with the wider community.
“…to succeed in the workplace in the 21st century, young people need to be able to collect, analyse and organise information, communicate ideas and information, plan and organise activities, work with others in a team, use mathematical ideas and techniques, solve problems and use technology. Within a quality arts program each of these skills is developed…” Russell-Bowie 2011