Teachers and Curriculum

The arts struggled for oxygen through the nine years of National Standards and whilst these standards have gone, their legacy remains. Over the last decade, teachers have been given little preservice or ongoing support in teaching the arts, leaving them woefully under-resourced to facilitate meaningful engagement in Arts practice.  The quantity and quality of Arts practices in school is often entirely reliant upon staff expertise and school priorities. Perhaps, however, the tide is turning. The arts took centre stage during the covid pandemic as people engaged in and shared a variety of art forms to communicate, and explore ideas and emotions. We have collectively awoken once more to the importance of the arts in a time of uncertainty to process events, and offer comfort and unity. We need to seize this momentum and look forward, to celebrate the arts in schools and the potential reinvigoration of the arts through ongoing innovations of technology, pedagogy and spaces.

Teachers and Curriculum invite contributions to a Special Issue to be published in 2022, which will explore the place and space of Arts Education in NZ schools over the last 20 years. This issue seeks to highlight recent histories in Arts practice, the potential and pitfalls of the Creatives in Schools scheme, the renewed focus on the Arts in a time of COVID19 and how future-focused classroom innovations impact or account for the Arts.

Submissions are welcomed from experienced and emerging authors. This Special Issue will be guest-edited by Dr Claire Coleman and Dr Bronya Dean. We are looking for articles to provide useful insights into innovations in all Arts practices, including (but not limited to) school-based research, Creatives in Schools partnerships, and extra-curricular music programmes.

This special issue welcomes

  • Innovative practice papers with a maximum of 3500 words, plus an abstract or professional summary of 150 words, and up to five keywords;
  • Research-informed papers with a maximum of 3500 words, plus an abstract or professional summary of 150 words, and up to five keywords;
  • Thinkpieces with a maximum of 1500 words

If you would like to discuss a potential submission please email either of the co-editors, Dr. Claire Coleman [email protected] or Dr. Bronya Dean, [email protected]


Paper submission due:
All manuscripts are to be submitted by their authors via the Teachers and Curriculum: Kaiako Me Te Marautanga website (https://www.tandc.ac.nz/) before 30th November 2021
Review(s) complete/notification: 1st February 2022
Issue Publication: June/ July 2022