Youth Visual Culture Practices and Their Relevance for Art Education in Finland

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    The visual culture of youth is in the centre of Finnish art education of the National Core Curriculum of Finland issued in 2014, and this is the first thematic unit of the discipline called Visual art education as well. This paper provides an overview of this new curriculum for primary schools and show how the visual culture of youth is integrated in the teaching content. While this curriculum has a disciplinary structure, the Finnish school of the future will presumably not be organised around disciplines at all.
    While arts institutions focus on one genre or art form, schools will abandon the isolation of disciplines and manifest a unified, arts-based mentality in the curriculum. A deeper under­standing of the “knowledge is present everywhere” leads us to constantly changing, innovative solutions in teaching the visual arts as well as other art forms.
    Original languageMultiple languages
    Pages (from-to)773–781
    Number of pages8
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
    MoE publication typeC2 Edited books


    • core curriculum
    • visual culture
    • art education
    • youth subcultures

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