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The Arts

The Department of Education acknowledges the important role that the arts play in preparing students to participate effectively as global citizens of the 21st century. Effective arts education is an integral part of a balanced school curriculum.

The Melbourne Declaration Educational Goals for Young Australians, 2008, reiterates the continued status of the arts in future curriculum provision. It acknowledges that the arts contribute to understanding "the spiritual, moral and aesthetic dimensions of life; and open up new ways of thinking."

In January 2011 a new review of research was released by the Australian council for Educational Research, The Arts and Australian Education: Realising potential by University of Sydney academic Professor Robyn Ewing. This international research highlights students whose learning is embedded in the Arts achieve better grades and overall test scores, are less likely to leave school early, rarely report boredom and have more positive self concept than those students who are deprived of arts experiences.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, ACARA, is responsible for the development of the Australian Curriculum and is guided by The Melbourne Declaration and relevant research into arts education. ACARA anticipates the Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10 will be published in late July 2013.

Australian Curriculum

For more information about the Australian Curriculum: The Arts refer to the ACARA website.

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Page last updated 18 January 2013

The Arts