Engaging First Peoples in Arts-Based Service Learning

Towards Respectful and Mutually Beneficial Educational Practices

  • Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
  • Dawn Bennett
  • Anne Power
  • Naomi Sunderland

Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Framing and Conceptualizing Arts-Based Service Learning with First Peoples

  3. First-Hand Experiences of Engaging First Peoples in Arts-Based Service Learning

  4. Future Directions for Engaging with First Peoples Through Arts-Based Service Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-212
    2. Joseph Stone, Naomi Sunderland
      Pages 227-251
    3. Anne Power, Dawn Bennett, Naomi Sunderland, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
      Pages 253-271
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-275

About this book


This volume offers educators, higher education institutions, communities and organizations critical understandings and resources that can underpin respectful, reciprocal and transformative educative relationships with First Peoples internationally. With a focus on service learning, each chapter provides concrete examples of how arts-based, community-led projects can enhance and support the quality and sustainability of First Peoples’ cultural content in higher education. In partnership with communities across Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada and the United States, contributors reflect on diverse projects and activities, offer rich and engaging first-hand accounts of student, community and staff experiences, share recommendations for arts-based service learning projects and outline future directions in the field.


All educators with an interest in enhancing future teachers’ understanding of social justice and arts-based learning will benefit from reading this book. Arts-based service learning is here presented as a tool for stepping outside traditional classrooms, in order to learn about culture and to engage with real subjects. The central concepts reciprocity, meaningful service, reflection, development and diversity are discussed using a wide range of references to international research. Although many of the chapters concern Australian projects carried out with Australian first peoples communities and Australian universities, the editors present the challenges and affordances on an analytical and reflective level that is both inspiring and useful to international readers. Eva Saether, Lund University, Sweden


Australian Government Office for learning and T... Australian Torres Strait Islanders Australian aboriginal communities First Peoples Australia New Zealand Canada Maori culture Torres Strait Islands education aboriginals arts based research arts based service learning arts-based community activities collaborative community centered research creative community centered research decolonization in tertiary learning developing arts based service learning projects educational cooperation with First Peoples intercultural service learning projects teacher training curriculum development transformative arts-based learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
    • 1
  • Dawn Bennett
    • 2
  • Anne Power
    • 3
  • Naomi Sunderland
    • 4
  1. 1.Queensland Conservatorium Research CentreGriffith UniversitySouth BankAustralia
  2. 2.Research and Graduate StudiesCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.School of Human Services and Social WorkGriffith UniversityLoganAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22152-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22153-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-4528
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0069
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