ERIC Number: ED370835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Schools. Literacy in the Arts, An Imperative for New Jersey Schools.
This document presents the results of a survey of New Jersey schools districts examining the state of arts education in New Jersey schools. Data from the department of education's annual series of fall reports of vital educational statistics also was reviewed. The information from the survey was combined with the data in the fall report to provide a picture of arts education in New Jersey in the 1987-88 school year. The survey form was sent to all superintendents of schools in the 592 operating school districts and to over 900 non-public schools. Respondents were requested to form a team to address the questions asked in the survey. These teams included the superintendent of schools, supervisor of curriculum, district arts coordinator or supervisor, a school business official, and a teacher from each of the five art forms (visual arts, dance, theater, music, and creative writing). Teams responded as a group to questions about values, preferences, and priorities in arts education in their districts. Results of the survey were divided into the areas of philosophy and goals, curriculum, staffing, instructional methods, arts resources, arts schools and special arts programs, facilities and equipment, evaluation, and funding. The section on curriculum included information on currency of materials, non-western cultures, graduation credits, full or partial year programs, arts enrollments, and course offerings in arts education. Survey findings report that only nine districts or two percent required more than one-year credit in the arts for graduation from high school. The number of students per instructor was higher in the arts than for other courses. (DK)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Art Education, Creative Writing, Curriculum Development, Dance, Educational Attitudes, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Music, Public Schools, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts
Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey, P.O. Box 8176, Trenton, NJ 08650.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton.; Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey, Trenton.; New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Literacy in the Arts Task Force, Trenton, NJ.
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: For related documents, see SO 023 265-267.