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ERIC Number: ED141258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Leadership in the Arts: A Testing of Assumptions.
Speiker, Charles A.
The document discusses a study which assessed leadership in art education in public schools. A major purpose was to determine whether a gap exists between the needs of schools and supply of adequate leaders. It was hypothesized that lack of progress in the arts in schools could be attributed to inadequate leadership. Four groups of professional educators were asked to respond to questionnaires related to their specific expertise: (1) state department art consultants were querried as to exemplar programs, (2) curriculum leaders were asked about their graduate course work in art education and about the number of K-12 students served in their district, (3) professors of curriculum and supervision were asked to provide information about art in undergraduate education, and (4) professors of educational administration were asked to describe the role of art education on the graduate level. Findings indicated that opportunities exist for art educators to experience aesthetic education on the graduate level, students are not encouraged by their professors to seek experience in aesthetic education, there is a need for greater dialogue among educators, and leadership programs should be developed for administrators and arts educators. It was concluded that there is a need for graduate level programs stressing the role and importance of the arts and that more time, money, and effective planning is needed. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Education, Curriculum Development, Data Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Leadership, Leadership Training, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, DC.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.