ERIC Number: ED214832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Art, Music and Crafts in Secondary Education: Their Purpose and Effect.
van der Kamp, Max
The study investigates the goals of arts education and measures the learning effects. Since the status of arts education is controversial, the question is, what does arts education provide for children? The report comprises four studies: (1) a review of the various conceptions of arts education advanced in literature; (2) interviews with teachers and policymakers in arts education to clarify their goals; (3) an empirical study of the learning experience of former students; and (4) an exploratory study, using "thinking aloud" protocols of students' problem solving in art subjects. The study showed that the main effect of secondary school students' taking art subjects is that they learn to participate in cultural activities and that these art subjects are useful for their future professional training and beneficial for their personal growth. There are several implications derived from this study. All outcomes of arts education can't be measured in objective ways. Also, there is a need to develop theoretical conceptions of the problem-solving process in the visual and other arts to improve the overall arts teaching. (NE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the INSEA Pre-conference (Rotterdam, August 7-8, 1981). This research was financially supported by the Netherlands Foundation for Educational Research.