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Arts Education and Curriculum Studies

The Contributions of Rita L. Irwin, 1st Edition

Edited by Mindy R. Carter, Valerie Triggs


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Highlighting Rita L. Irwin’s significant work in the fields of curriculum studies and arts education, this collection honors her well-known contribution of a/r/tography to curriculum studies in the form of arts based educational research and, beyond this, her contributions towards understanding the inseparability of making, knowing, and being. Together the chapters document an important beginning, as well as an ongoing transitional time in which curriculum understood as aesthetic text is awakening to the ways in which art practices stimulate a social awareness at the level of other embodied practices. Organized in three themes, gathering, transforming, and becoming, this volume brings together a selection of Irwin’s single and co-authored essays to offer a variety of rich perspectives to scholars and students in the field of education who are interested in the ways in which arts-based research allows the possibilities of bringing together the artistic, pedagogical, and scholarly selves of an educator.


"A tremendous contribution to the field of education. The editors have done a wonderful job of collecting Rita Irwin’s important essays and art-works in one volume. This book will be an essential read for students and scholars working in the areas of arts education, teacher education, and curriculum studies."

Ashwani Kumar, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada

"This is a long overdue and much anticipated collection that solidifies the incredible aesthetic contributions, efforts, and mentorship Irwin has dedicated her life to—locally, nationally, and globally. The ripples of Irwin’s ‘artful life’ are boundless."

Pauline Sameshima, Lakehead University, Canada

Table of Contents

Series Editor Introduction: William Pinar

Theme 1: Gathering

Theme 1 Introduction: Gathering an Artful Curriculum

Valerie Triggs

1 The spirit of gathering, or L'esprit du rassemblement

Rita L., Irwin, Tony Rogers, & J. Karen Reynolds

2 Multiculturalism denies the realities of Aboriginal art and culture

Rita L. Irwin, Tony Rogers and Ruby Farrell

3 Making connections through cultural memory, cultural performance, and cultural translation

Rita L. Irwin, Tony Rogers, and Yuh-Yao Wan

4 Experiencing the Visual and Visualizing Experience

Rita L. Irwin and F. Graeme Chalmers

Theme 2: Transforming

Theme 2 Introduction: An Introduction into the Transformative Curricular Moment

Mindy Carter

5 Charismatic and transformational leadership within a community of women arts educators, or Direction charismatique et transformationnelle au sein d'une communauté d'éducateurs d'arts féminines

Rita L. Irwin

6 Listening to the shapes of collaborative artmaking

Rita L. Irwin

7 Encountering pedagogy through relational art practicesRita L. Irwin

8 Walking to Create an Aesthetic and Spiritual Currere

Rita L. Irwin

Theme 3: Becoming

Theme 3 Introduction: Becoming Artful through A/r/tography

Rita Irwin

9 A/r/tography: A metonymic métissage

Rita L. Irwin

10 Communities of A/r/tographic Practice

Rita L. Irwin

11 A/r/tography as practice based research

Rita L. Irwin & Stephanie Springgay

12 The City of Richgate: A/r/tographic Cartography as Public PedagogyRita L. Irwin, Barbara Bickel, Valerie Triggs, Stephanie Springgay, Ruth Beer, Kit Grauer, Gu Xiong and Pauline Sameshima 

13 Becoming a/r/tography

Rita L. Irwin

About the Editors

Mindy R. Carter, PhD is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. She has taught a range of education courses specializing in arts education and curriculum theory. She is currently the President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education "ARTS" special interest group; the Secretary for the American Educational Research Association's "Arts Based Educational Research" special interest group; and the Chair of McGill University's "Artful Inquiry Research Group".

Valerie Triggs is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Arts Education, at University of Regina, Canada.

About the Series

Studies in Curriculum Theory Series

In this age of multimedia information overload, scholars and students may not be able to keep up with the proliferation of different topical, trendy book series in the field of curriculum theory. It will be a relief to know that one publisher offers a balanced, solid, forward-looking series devoted to significant and enduring scholarship, as opposed to a narrow range of topics or a single approach or point of view. This series is conceived as the series busy scholars and students can trust and depend on to deliver important scholarship in the various "discourses" that comprise the increasingly complex field of curriculum theory.

The range of the series is both broad (all of curriculum theory) and limited (only important, lasting scholarship) – including but not confined to historical, philosophical, critical, multicultural, feminist, comparative, international, aesthetic, and spiritual topics and approaches. Books in this series are intended for scholars and for students at the doctoral and, in some cases, master's levels.

Persons interested in submitting book proposals or in serving as reviewers for this series are invited to contact

Professor William F. Pinar

Canada Research Chair
University of British Columbia

Faculty of Education

Department of Curriculum Studies

2125 Main Mall

Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4


EMAIL: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects