Re-engaging disenfranchised Australian youth with education through explorations of self-identity, experiences and expression in Art

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This small scale research project undertaken in Australia investigates how an art-based approach can re-engage disenfranchised young people into education. The project was undertaken as part of Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme by the main researcher in Australia, at an educational setting for disenfranchised young people. The collection and analysis of qualitative data demonstrates how art stimulates students’ interest and provides support in self-expression and com­munication. Methodological strategies involved visual art activities that promote self-confidence and self-esteem, which enhance well-being and supportive teach­ing relationships. Using self-reflexivity through visual creativity was found to help participants in developing more positive self-image and enhanced their self-confi­dence as learners.

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