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Schools and Cultural Citizenship: Arts Education for Life

Thomson, Patricia; Hall, Christine


Christine Hall


‘Why study the arts at school?’ This book offers a fresh perspective on this question. Informed by rigorous research, the book argues that the arts help young people to develop key skills, knowledge and practices that support them to become both critical appreciative audiences and socially engaged cultural producers. Drawing on a three-year study in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Tate art museum, Schools and Cultural Citizenship sets out an ecological model for cultural citizenship that goes beyond the classroom to include families, the media and popular culture.

The authors introduce new, interrelated concepts to change how we consider arts education. Chapters provide fresh insights, guidance and practical recommendations for educators, including:

An introduction to the Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement research
Detailed case studies featuring arts-rich schools and arts-broker teachers
Analysis of the importance of immersive professional development for teachers and the benefits of partnerships with arts organisations
An ecological model for cultural citizenship
Focusing on the ways in which cultural citizenship can be taught and learnt, this is an essential read for arts educators, education staff in arts organisations, researchers, postgraduate students, arts education activists and policy makers.


Thomson, P., & Hall, C. (2023). Schools and Cultural Citizenship: Arts Education for Life. Routledge

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 24, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Dec 4, 2022
Publisher Routledge
ISBN 9780367553395
Keywords arts education, school case studies, Arts rich schools, cultural capital
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