Monitoring arts education around the world

MONAES

What's the understanding of 'arts education' among arts education experts around the world, and how is it understood in their country? To what degree is access to quality arts education assured? Which benefits of arts education are highly valued? Are arts education principles and practices applied to contribute to resolving social and cultural challenges facing today’s world?

The research project Monitoring National Arts Education Systems aims to monitor if and how recommendations of the UNESCO Seoul Agenda Goals for the Development of Arts Education (2010) are reflected in arts education practices and policies around the world. Two  online surveys among arts education experts were held in February and May 2016. Nearly 400 experts from more than 60 countries have taken part in the surveys. First results are now available!

Some Results of MONAES (Paper, Teunis IJdens, July 2016)
Analyse einiger Daten MONAES (Paper, Teunis IJdens & Ernst Wagner, Oktober 2016)

The first paper gives a brief outline of the MONAES project: its objectives, key concepts and guiding questions. Subsequently results of a first exploratory, comparative analysis of some data from both MONAES surveys are presented. Sections include: the experts’ personal and professional profile; their own understanding of arts education and how it is understood in their country; their assessment of facts regarding access to arts education and regarding benefits expected from arts education in their country; and some facts regarding arts education research in their country.

UNESCO Seoul Agenda, 2010

In November 2010 Member States of UNESCO unanimously adopted the Seoul Agenda Goals for the Development of Arts Education during the 36th General Conference at Paris headquarters. The Seoul Agenda calls upon governments, civil society, professional organizations and communities in UNESCO Member States to assure access to quality arts education for all and 'to realize the full potential of high quality arts education to positively renew educational systems, to achieve crucial social and cultural objectives, and ultimately to benefit children, youth and life-long learners of all ages'. Arts education includes learning in and through the arts in the broadest sense at school (formal education) and out-of-school (non-formal education and informal learning).

Monitoring National Arts Education Systems

In 2012 the International Network for Arts Education Research (INRAE) initiated the project Monitoring National Arts Education Systems (MONAES). It aims to monitor how recommendations of the Seoul Agenda are reflected in arts education practice and policy in UNESCO Member States. In 2013 and 2014 some pre-tests were held. Since Summer 2015 the research is carried out by the Research Group MONAES consisting of Dr Ernst Wagner and Professor Dr Eckart Liebau (UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), Dr Teunis IJdens (LKCA, Netherlands Expertise Centre for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts) and Professor Dr John Lievens (Research Group Cultural Sociology and Lifestyle at Ghent University, Belgium).

Data collection

Data for the Monitor have been collected through two worldwide online surveys among experts in arts education. The first survey was held in February 2016. It focused on individual experts’ personal ideas and opinions about issues in arts education. The second online survey was held in May and focused on experts’ assessment of facts about arts education in their country. 

Experts

Nearly 1500 arts education experts from all over the world were invited to take part in the surveys. They are experts – broadly defined – because of their professional experience and knowledge in the field of arts education as (e.g.) a qualified practitioner, a teacher of arts teachers, a leader of an arts organization, an advisor, a researcher or a civil servant. Their names and e-mail addresses have been collected from 39 sources, publicly available through the internet, or from printed publications. Questionnaires were submitted by nearly 400 colleagues from more than 60 countries.

Further results and updates

Further results will be presented and published in the course of 2016 and 2017 through various channels, including this webpage. Further updates about the MONAES project will also be published on this webpage. 

Contact

Teunis IJdens (LKCA): TeunisIJdens@lkca.nl 

More information

Some Results of MONAES (Paper, Teunis IJdens, July 2016)
Analyse einiger Daten MONAES (Paper, Teunis IJdens & Ernst Wagner, Oktober 2016)
Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education (UNESCO, 2010)
Arts Education on UNESCO website
UNESCO-Chair in Arts and Culture in Education
Research group CuDOS
MONAES, Report International Expert Meeting (Februari 2015)