Title

The enduring politics of art education: the common European framework of reference for visual literacy − prototype

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Lasczik, A 2019, 'The enduring politics of art education: the common European framework of reference for visual literacy − prototype', International Journal of Education Through Art, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 35-50.

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https://dx.doi.org/10.1386/eta.15.1.35_1

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This article is a discussion that replies to a generous call from European colleagues to evaluate and respond from an Australian perspective, to a new Art1 education framework in the area of visual literacy. This call also asks whether such a framework is relevant to Art education in the Australian context. The initial impression of the framework from an Australian perspective is that it is a useful if not complex attempt to generate a common language and understandings in the domain of visual education across and through the multifarious linguistic and cultural entities that comprise the European continent. This is an ambitious undertaking and a courageous one, given the complexities of the domain of Art education, and one that is embedded in the on-going politics of contemporary education generally and contemporary Art education specifically. The structure of this essay will be to first explain and contextualize the framework as I have viewed it so that the reader is oriented to the discussion. This is followed by a dialogue on its relevance initially and philosophically to Art Education as a domain more generally, and then specifically towards Art education in the Australian context. Finally, I offer some humble comments upon possible further developmental elements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy (CEFR-VL).

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