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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Encounters of the Traditional Kind: Reflections on the In-Service Teacher Training of Traditional Filipino Arts

Volume 29.1   2010

LOZA, CYNTHIA B.; DE GUZMAN, ALLAN B. and JOSE, REGALADO T.

 

This article presents the second segment of a qualitative study on the integration of traditional arts in tertiary level art and design education in the Philippines. It is focused on the experience of artist-teachers as participants in an in-service teacher training programme that aimed to prepare the teachers for the trial integration of traditional Filipino arts in art and design courses. Taking the view of the participants, journals written by the artist-teachers were sourced for their reflections about their encounter with traditional Filipino artists during field visits. This phase of the study takes the form of action research as it involves the participants in gathering data that could inform the methods and content of the learning of traditional Filipino arts in the schools of art and design.
The findings reveal that artist-teachers acknowledge the traditional artist as a valuable source of traditional knowledge and expertise. They also recognise their own essential role in the transmission of learning between the traditional artists and the students. The prerequisites of the course take the artist-teachers beyond teaching in the classroom and extend their tasks to research.