ERIC Number: ED338522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about the Arts: Myths and Reality.
Insights Into Open Education, v23 n6 Mar 1991
It is agreed among most educators that the arts should occupy some place in the elementary school curriculum. Yet the fact is that a strong role for the arts has yet to be developed. This paper argues that at least part of the reason for why such a strong role for the arts does not exist lies in some of the widely held beliefs about the practice of the arts in the classroom, beliefs that can be labeled "myths." Some of these myths include, "The arts are good to have in a classroom because there's no right or wrong answer," and "The best way to teach art is to integrate it with other subjects." Five emphases are presented for improving arts instruction: (1) emphasize the aesthetic problem; (2) emphasize the medium; (3) emphasize the elements of the art; (4) emphasize the real world; and (5) emphasize alternatives. (DB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.