Canadian Society of the Study of Education, 2013 annual conference.
“It was during the CSSE annual conference of 2013 that I first met with the full C.O.T. team. During this trip, I was able to attend a conference at the Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia where the exceptional career contribution of the principal investigator of C.O.T. was acknowledged. This particular event enabled me to get in contact with most of the main researcher in Art Education evolving on the West Coast of Canada. Visiting UBC campus by the same occasion was an exceptional experience to consider the critical importance of research issues regarding native people in Canada. It is after this introduction in Vancouver that the C.O.T. team went up in Victoria in order to attend the CSSE conference. It was another premiere for me to attend this conference on Humanities. Again, I was fortunate to enter this large and vast platform from the perspective of a contributor in the C.O.T. research in order to understand how different research disciplines are converging through the various caucus, interest groups and associations within the larger CSSE.
To come on the West coast from Montreal and to meet with other researcher-developer like me was a very engaging way to enrich my own practice by considering the research approaches from another University where researcher with a different background are analyzing diverse elements in local particular context. By bringing together the preliminary results of our respective works, we were able to sharpen and precise the general research objectives of the study for the remaining fieldwork phases ahead. A study of this nature takes most of its efficiency out of the comparison exercise when the results of diverse sites are compared and aligned. The museum education center orientation of the sites in Vancouver compared to the formal educational settings in the background of the Montreal research sites represented a key component in the general reflection where curriculum practices, teaching approaches, management methods, and student’s productions were analyzed.
More particularly, the work that we have presented there in conference of the Canadian Association for Study of Curriculum focused on the how community centres educators meets the objectives of the Quebec Ministry of Education through the development of special micro programs addressing competencies and learning objectives that teachers from formal educational settings are not able to address due to contextual challenges. Specially, we have looked at how the educational offer of services unfold when it comes to new media education with at-risk populations. In this presentation we have exhibited our analyses on how professional artistic practices are feeding the development of new teaching practices and how does those new approaches are tweaking the curricular foundations of Art education? We have explained that social and cultural issues of citizenship plays a head role in many of those pedagogical models.” (Martin Lalonde)