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Fostering curiosity and critical thinking on self-guided field trips

Fostering curiosity and critical thinking on self-guided field trips

Today, I’m talking to Kylie Neagle about fostering curiosity and critical thinking on self-guided field trips for teachers and students.

Kylie Neagle is the Education Coordinator at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide . In her role at AGSA Kylie has developed new resources for the permanent collection, including AGSA’s Art School in a Box, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the Classroom. 

Over the past 7 years Kylie has also developed a rich professional development programme for educators which includes workshops focussing on critical and creative thinking, strategies to empower educators both in the gallery and in their classrooms, as well engaging with artists from around the country to activate the collection. 

Kylie has also spearheaded a transition from traditional, content-led approaches to more inquiry-based methods. And this is where the Curiosity Cards come into play. These fantastic cards are a set of 52 tools designed to enhance art engagement among students. Perfect for self-guided gallery visits, they ease the pressure on teachers and empower students to articulate their thinking. They promote ‘long looking’ and critical thinking by sparking curiosity and confidence in discussing the visual. Curiosity Cards not only boost visual literacy but also foster critical thinking, creativity, and confidence in discussing art, enriching the learning experience.

Useful links:

Episode Links:

Curiosity Cards

https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/education/resources-educators/resources-educators-themed/curiosity-cards

Other AGSA Resources

https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/education/resources-educators

AGSA Education Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/agsa.education

Here’s our conversation – listen to it or read the transcript below enjoy!

podcast here

Transcript