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What is arts and culture in education?

Children and young people can learn in a variety of different environments, not just in the classroom. In arts and cultural education, art and culture, as well as art-based methods, are used to create a learning environment or tool for teaching any subject in the curriculum. Arts and cultural education enables children and young people to experience and create art and culture as part of daily school work. It supports their growth into bold, creative, critical and expressive learners. Arts and cultural education covers the full range of grades at comprehensive school.

The basis of arts and cultural education is the national core curriculum for basic education, which defines Finnish culture as the foundation for education. Teaching should support the formation of pupils’ cultural identity and their inclusion in society and the increasingly globalised world. Education should also develop pupils’ capacity for critical assessment, create new culture and renew mindsets and practices.

Different learning environments and working in groups help enrich the learned content into complex wholes and steer pupils to adopt participatory problem-solving approaches. They can make abstract topics more concrete and shake up the roles established in everyday school work, thus taking into account the needs of different types of learners.


What’s hot - topical themes in cultural education

Kultus highlights topical themes related to arts and culture in education, combining the programmes and learning material offered by different players. Through these What’s hot entities, users can search for targeted support from different players or find events that deal with a specific area of a topical theme. Currently, the What’s hot themes in Kultus include the year 1918 and Design Path, which leads learners to look at design as a process.