ABOUT ME
I was born in Vietnam. I am an
international student and I am
studying the Bachelor of
Education at the Universit...
The Arts Curriculum does not have a central place in the
education system in Vietnam. However, the Arts are a
significant ...
Vietnamese traditional arts
Personally, I have always been interested in the Arts,
particularly in drama, music and dance. As a child in
Vietnam, I wa...
My very early involvement with the arts played an
important role in developing my music, dancing and
singing skills, and w...
This is
me
This is
me

A Moon Festival in primary

school (1980s). We were creating
a drama presentation.

My costume for ...
This is
me

The youth choir singing at a religious festival.
As an Early-childhood educator in Vietnam, I
valued the Arts and I did focus on them in my
teaching both inside and outsid...
In my study in Vietnam to become an Early-Childhood teacher, I
learned many practical skills and methods for the teaching ...
My first book about dance
and drama (2013)

As a director of dance and drama I
was involved in performances for
religious ...
A music CD produced in Vietnam. I was a member
of this choir (2008)
I believe that the Arts are significant in helping us to
understand and express our individual identity. They
also provide...
Since my arrival in Australia, I have had a further

opportunity to explore the Arts Curriculum. In particular,
this has h...
Arts are central to the education of all students. Through
the Arts, students can come to a deeper understanding of
themse...
I would argue that the wider society, both in Vietnam and in
Australia, continue to value Maths, Literacy, Science and
Tec...
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  1. 1. ABOUT ME I was born in Vietnam. I am an international student and I am studying the Bachelor of Education at the University of South Australia. My hometown
  2. 2. The Arts Curriculum does not have a central place in the education system in Vietnam. However, the Arts are a significant part of Vietnamese culture. Traditional dance, drama, music, painting, craft etc. are valued and considered to be important and children are exposed to them through the celebration of community activities in school, church, temple, and cultural festivities.
  3. 3. Vietnamese traditional arts
  4. 4. Personally, I have always been interested in the Arts, particularly in drama, music and dance. As a child in Vietnam, I was involved in a range of art activities in school, church and community. We were poor and had very limited resources but this required us to be very creative and to use our imagination to make costumes, masks and back drops. We made our own entertainment and I had many opportunities to be involved with cultural programs organised by church and community.
  5. 5. My very early involvement with the arts played an important role in developing my music, dancing and singing skills, and was important in helping me to develop confidence in my ideas and self-expression. My exposure to the arts throughout my life also had an influence on my interest in becoming a teacher. I enjoyed exploring artistic activities with my friends and building close relationships with them as we choreographed our performances. I also enjoyed teaching younger children these activities.
  6. 6. This is me This is me A Moon Festival in primary school (1980s). We were creating a drama presentation. My costume for performance in a traditional dance (1980s)
  7. 7. This is me The youth choir singing at a religious festival.
  8. 8. As an Early-childhood educator in Vietnam, I valued the Arts and I did focus on them in my teaching both inside and outside of the classroom. I tried to develop in the students an interest in the Arts. This was not difficult, especially with young children because they were naturally creative and loved to dance, to sing and to perform.
  9. 9. In my study in Vietnam to become an Early-Childhood teacher, I learned many practical skills and methods for the teaching the Arts. Each Arts subject was taught as a separate unit. I cannot remember being taught any theories that formed the basis of Arts Education, I only remember the practical skills. Because of the needs for resources for the community and the school where I worked, I co-wrote and published a book which focused on dance and drama. I was also involved in the production of a number of dance and drama performances. I continue to be passionate about teaching the Arts.
  10. 10. My first book about dance and drama (2013) As a director of dance and drama I was involved in performances for religious festivals (DVD 2008).
  11. 11. A music CD produced in Vietnam. I was a member of this choir (2008)
  12. 12. I believe that the Arts are significant in helping us to understand and express our individual identity. They also provide meaning and continuity to a culture and form a valuable connection from one generation to the next. Exposure to different cultures through the Arts encourages us to have a new understanding and respect for cultural differences.
  13. 13. Since my arrival in Australia, I have had a further opportunity to explore the Arts Curriculum. In particular, this has helped me to develop a new understanding of the theory that informs Arts Education.
  14. 14. Arts are central to the education of all students. Through the Arts, students can come to a deeper understanding of themselves and develop and explore their imagination, ideas and feelings. They learn to express these confidently in creative ways through a range of artistic activities. They are encouraged to develop their aesthetic appreciation of professional artists but they also recognise that they too are artists and have the innate ability to be imaginative and creative.
  15. 15. I would argue that the wider society, both in Vietnam and in Australia, continue to value Maths, Literacy, Science and Technology more than they do the Arts. Arts are considered to be appropriate for small children and for children gifted in a specific area of the Arts. Arts are sometime used to enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum to make learning more enjoyable and effective. However, it needs to be recognised that authentic arts education has a valuable place in the curriculum at every level in its own right.

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