Gaining an insight into primary pre-service teachers' perceptions is vital for teacher educators especially in the field of primary art education. This paper reports on a study that investigated the perceptions of pre-service year one teachers on art education and an artist. Located in a Fijian urban university, this quantitative study, using a questionnaire designed by the investigator, provided an insight into primary pre service teachers' perception of art education and an artist. A cohort of 40 participants were selected through convenient sampling for the purpose of this study. Analysis of data collected through the questionnaire revealed that participants are able to fully articulate characteristics that define an artist, however, unable to draw their perception or mental image of an artist. Findings reflect the narrow perception of art education held by participants, which was solely based on defining art education as merely drawing ability. This study will have implications for Tertiary and primary art education and other related study.
Neelam Singh, Fiji National University, Fiji
Stream: Higher education
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