ERIC Number: ED336320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A National Association: Our Growth, Organizational Development and Special Projects.
Dorn, Charles M.
The establishment of a unified voice, the development of a learned society, and the democratization of the National Art Education Association's (NAEA) governance are the three most significant changes that have occurred in the development of the NAEA since its establishment in 1947. During NAEA's foundational years, 1947-1958, many important changes occurred in U.S. education including a power shift in teacher training from teacher colleges to universities and the expansion of teacher education programs and the public school system to meet the challenges of the baby boom. During that time, the NAEA was one of five art education organizations. The demographics and scholarly make-up of the NAEA membership changed due to the expansion of art teacher education programs, and the terminal degree required for teaching college art education programs was raised to the doctorate level. The NAEA reorganized between 1962 and 1970. A constitution drafted in 1964 organized four regional associations and the NAEA into a single national association. Two events influenced this action: President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society," which resulted in new federal funds for research in education, and the growing militancy of the nation's teachers who were demanding a greater voice in the operation of the nation's schools. The NAEA evolved as a single national voice through its reorganization with a unified membership representing teachers of art through single conferences and publication programs highlighting national standards for the profession. These important changes occurred because of the post-war changes in U.S. education, the vision and steadfast leadership of the NAEA governance, and the loyal support of its membership. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Art Education Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Art Education Association (Atlanta, GA, March 1991).