UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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"Diversity and Inclusion in Arts Education: An Asian Perspective" is a CARE Symposium at the Redesigning Pedagogy Conference. 


  • Charlene Rajendran  (NIE)
  • Prudence Wales (NIE)
  • Lum Chee Hoo (NIE)
  • Felicia Low (National University of Singapore)
  • Pornrat Damrhung (Chulalongkorn University)
  • Naoko Araki (Deakin University)
  • George Jose (National University of Singapore)


Over the past 50 years, education around the world has increasingly aimed at being more inclusive, with the movement primarily taking root in the West. This process of re-examining education policies was primarily set into motion by the changing demographics of student populations in schools (the direct result of increased migration), and the growing recognition of minority students' needs. The arts in education is particularly well positioned to champion this movement towards inclusivity, given their capacity to teach about cultural differences, foster mutual understanding, as well as help students cultivate healthy self-identities. Given the varying philosophies with respect to education around the globe, there necessarily exists widely differing pedagogies of inclusive education as well.

This symposium will invite practitioners and experts from the region to talk about different pedagogical approaches in their countries that speak to diversity and inclusion in arts education. Presentations will focus on 1. viewing arts education in the macro level of government policies and education curriculums, and their influences and effects on encouraging diversity and inclusion in arts education, 2. case study examples of particular approaches and practices from the region.

Representatives invited will include speakers from Thailand, Japan, India, Singapore and professors from NIE’s VPA faculty who have worked on the Images of Practice research project in CARE.



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Volk, T. M. (2004). Music, education, and multiculturalism: Foundations and principles. Oxford University Press, USA.


5 June 2013

Redesigning Pedagogy Conference 2013 - Thinking: Time for a Rethink?

National Institute of Education, Singapore

website: http://conference.nie.edu.sg/2013/info/registrationfees.php


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