Becoming a visual arts teacher in a multicultural European city
Culture, Language and Media Malmo University Malmo, Sweden
A core competence as well as central part of the identity of future teachers in the arts, is the problem of how to teach visual methods. What are visual methods for, how can one motivate youth to learn visual methods and how do you engage your students in a dialogue or communication about the role and functions of art and visual methods in contemporary societies that feels relevant for the younger generations? In this paper I will present the oral as well as written and visualized reflections by nineteen coming school teachers made over a period of one and a half years of training in the teaching of art . I will look at how they have coped with these issues both in their own education to become teachers of art and in their attempts to apply some of the theories, ideas and methods they learned at Malmo University during their periods of practical training in different schools in and outside Malmo. Since the town of Malmo is the ?immigrant port? of Sweden, Malmo itself as well as it schools can be seen as natural laboratories of how visual methods in teaching interact with the increasingly multicultural context of contemporary Europe (more the fifty per cent of all school children are recent immigrants or children of recent immigrants).