Intergenerational art pedagogy: a Chinese and Australian perspective

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This presentation is about an intergenerational art education partnership project between China and Australia that brings together young and old community members. Despite the known benefits of intergenerational learning, educational institutions around the world continue to divide learners based on age. This project seeks to bring different generations together through the creative arts in Hangzhou, China, by engaging with traditional practices and contemporary art forms from Zhejiang province. By intervening in the common deficit view of young and old people’s capacities, Monash University and Hangzhou University artist-teacher-researchers aim to challenge preconceptions about learning, creativity, ageing and culture that may enhance local and global communities through sustainable creativities (UNESCO, 2017). This presentation generates an intercultural dialogue between China and Australia by reporting on how pre-service teacher education in the arts can be informed by the experiences of participants that builds on an Australian pilot project. Our arts-based research employs a/r/tographic methodology to generate and analyse the data (Irwin & Springgay, 2008) whereby the interconnecting roles of artist, researcher, teacher, are interpreted for the meaning they afford. This is integrated with arts-based narrative methods that formulate understandings of phenomena through spoken and written words, visual imagery, song and expressive movement. Our findings speak to the theme of building collaborations across communities and Asia-Pacific dialogues by sharing the creative pedagogies involved in conjoining these multiple generations. We conclude by making recommendations for improving pre-service teacher education, primary arts education and lifelong learning across continents.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2017
EventA/r/tography Asian Symposium 2017: Asian Experience: Cross-cultural Application of A/r/tography - Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China
Duration: 6 Oct 20179 Oct 2017


ConferenceA/r/tography Asian Symposium 2017


  • a/r/tography
  • arts-based
  • intergenerational
  • sustainable creativities
  • intercultural
  • Australia and China

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