ERIC Number: ED351122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
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Equity and Art.
In an effort to ensure that the arts receive equity with other areas of study, this paper presents an argument for the value of arts education in children's development. The argument is based on the work of four experts: (1) Nelson Goodman, who held that symbols are indispensable to communication, and that children's capacity for acquiring symbolization skills has implications for curriculum development; (2) Jerome Bruner, who examined modes of symbolic thinking, some of which are associated with the creation of art: (3) Maxine Greene, who provided a rationale for fostering children's use of imagination; and (4) Elliot Eisner, who maintained that the arts are cognitive activities. The argument is also based on neuropsychological research that indicates that verbal and mathematical thinking are associated with the left hemisphere of the brain, and that the right hemisphere is responsible for artistic endeavors. Art education develops the right hemisphere and provides a balance to traditional education, which is weighed in favor of the left. A 12-item bibliography is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (South Australia); Bruner (Jerome S); Eisner (Elliot W); Goodman (Nelson); Greene (Maxine); Symbolic Thinking
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the Australian Early Childhood Association (19th, Adelaide, South Australia, August, 1991).