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Arts Education and Curriculum Studies
The Contributions of Rita L. Irwin

ISBN 9781138205437
Published August 3, 2017 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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