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ERIC Number: ED160495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Art for the Exceptional Child: Job Opportunities for Women.
Packard, Sandra
This paper discusses job opportunities for women art educators interested in working with exceptional children. Within the next few years there will be a significant increase in the demand for art teachers trained in the uses of art with exceptional children. This is due to the increased sophistication of schools in identifying exceptional children, the current trend to mainstream exceptional children, and laws mandating the right to a free public education for all children. Several forces, however, may limit the demand for art teachers of exceptional children. Foremost among these forces are art therapists who are trying to replace art education with art therapy. They are expanding their training programs and working for legislation which will ensure that new job descriptions be written to require the services of registered art therapists rather than art educators, artists, or occupational therapists. Action must be taken to prevent them from succeeding. The best preparation for those interested in using art with exceptional children would be a bachelor's degree or master's degree which provides courses in art education, art therapy, fine arts, and exceptional education, along with supervised experience in working with exceptional children. Programs which train art educators to work with exceptional children must have a fair share of women teachers and women students. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Women's Caucus of National Art Education Association Conference (Miami, Florida, 1975)