ERIC Number: ED137310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
How Basic is Aesthetic Education? or Is 'RT the Fourth R?
Broudy, Harry S.
The case for the inclusion of aesthetic education with the traditional basic courses of reading, writing, and arithmetic is examined. The following points are emphasized in regarding arts education as a basic: (1) Aesthetic experience is basic because it is a primary form of experience on which all cognition, judgment, and action depend. It is the fundamental and distinctive power of image making by the imagination. It furnishes the raw material for concepts and ideals, for creating a world of possibility. (2) The source of meaning and its exfoliation into ideas, theories, values, visions, plans, and invention is the imagination. (3) The case for arts education depends on what art can do to clarify and enrich experience that the other subjects in the curriculum cannot. (4) Art orders feeling by giving it an expressive form perceptible by the senses--an image. Finally, the aesthetic response is indispensable to all experience and instruction in the aesthetic response is both possible and necessary. (JD)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Basic Skills, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Objectives, Concept Formation, Cultural Enrichment, Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy, Enrichment, Imagery, Imagination, Perceptual Development, Sensory Experience, Visual Literacy
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Houston, Texas, March 19-23, 1977)