Book Review: Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada, Volume 1: Surveying the Landscape


  • Joan Harrison University of Ottawa



arts education, arts education research, arts-based research, Canadian experience, Canadian research


Canadian arts educators recognize the dominance of American texts and curriculum standards in both teacher education programs and in public classroom settings. In Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada, Volume 1: Surveying the Landscape, the late Bernard W. Andrews (1950-2023) showcases curriculum ideas that consider the uniqueness of the Canadian experience in arts education and arts-based research. This and the subsequent volume are an important contribution to arts education research and curricula, in Canada and around the world.

Author Biography

Joan Harrison, University of Ottawa

Joan Harrison is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Arts. She is also the founder and artistic director of Capital Strings and Voices Collective, Incorporated.


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Butler-Kisber, L., Yallop, J. J., Stewart, M., & Wiebe, S. (2017). Resonance: Poetic inquiries of reflection and renewal. McIntyre & Purcell.

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Harrison, J. (2013). Musical citizens: String teachers’ perceptions of citizenship education in the private studio [Doctoral dissertation, University of Ottawa]. uO Research.

Irwin, R. L. (2004). A/r/tography: A metonymic métissage. In R. L. Irwin & A. de Cosson (Eds.), A/r/tography: Rendering self through arts-based living (pp. 27-38). Educational Press.

Hess, J. (2021). Musicking a different possible future: The role of music in imagination. Music Education Research, 23(2), 270-285. DOI:

Leavy, P. (2016). Method meets art: Arts-based research practice. Guilford Press. DOI:

Leavy, P. (Ed.). (2018). Handbook of art-based research. Guildford Press.

Leggo, C. (2006). Learning by heart: A poetics of research. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 22(4), 73-96.

McCarthy, M. (2013). Children's spirituality and music learning: Exploring deeper resonances with arts-based research. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 14(4).

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Woodford, P. G. (2018). Music education in an age of virtuality and post-truth. Routledge. DOI:

York, R. A. (2014). Reconnecting with nature: Transformative environmental education through the arts [Doctoral dissertation, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education]. TSpace.




How to Cite

Harrison, J. (2023). Book Review: Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada, Volume 1: Surveying the Landscape. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 20(2-3), 160–165.



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