Art Galleries Connecting with the Curriculum through Digital Technologies and Resources

Art Galleries Connecting with the Curriculum through Digital Technologies and Resources

Kathryn Hendy-Ekers
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8271-9.ch004
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Innovations in teaching and learning using technology are progressively changing the way in which teachers and students access art galleries and their collections. Art galleries have the authority and power to direct content, processes and the form of exhibition interpretation. In attempt to embrace innovative practices, they are using more approaches with technology to engage their audience to enter into a dialogue with their chosen narrative. For schools, this narrative often incorporates key concepts of the curriculum and delivers outcomes for learning in an informal manner. In an attempt to deliver content and learning outcomes through these resources, additional beliefs, values and learning evolve that contribute to further development of curriculum concepts and pedagogy. This chapter will review the strategies art galleries are using with digital technologies that deliver content and pedagogy addressed to the curriculum. The way in which these resources and strategies link directly to curriculum outcomes and the values and pedagogies that they cover, will be discussed.
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Digital technologies are rapidly changing the way in which audiences view and interpret art works in galleries. Galleries are using technologies in innovative ways to engage audiences and increase learning. This usability is transferred to the way in which school audiences interact with galleries for learning. However, to understand how teachers use these technologies and resources and how their use relates to the achievement of curriculum standards and outcomes, the educational role of the gallery, the nature of audiences, the technologies available and how school audiences use them, need to be investigated. Comparisons can be made between learning in galleries and schools, and between the approaches using digital technologies and resources from galleries. Through investigating these comparisons teachers can increase student learning and the achievement of curriculum outcomes. The curriculum is enacted in the gallery to promulgate values and beliefs that can be transferred to learning in the formal school environment.

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