1st Edition

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

Edited By Mindy R. Carter, Valerie Triggs Copyright 2018
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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