ERIC Number: ED259978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Value of High School Art beyond Skills Acquisition.
Higgins, Rebecca J.
Art education is a subject which is both misunderstood and undervalued in high schools. The purpose of this literature review of materials about art education was to prove that art education goes beyond mere skills acquisition and is a cognitive course of study. The annotated bibliography provided in the paper is divided into four areas. The first group of annotations deals with the history and current status of art education. The second group explores the new strategies and philosophies which are bringing art education into the realm of academic subjects. The third group further emphasizes the need for art education as a required subject in the general curriculum. The fourth group deals with the tasks that art educators must accomplish and communicate in order to convince people of the need for a more prominent place for art in the curriculum. While the literature reviewed included misperceptions about the nature of art education and stereotypes about the type of students for whom art education would be beneficial, the literature also indicated that art is a cognitive course of study aiding in the development of perception, decision making, skills formation, and creative skills. However, in order for it to be integrated into the curriculum, the manner in which art is taught must be restructured and reevaluated. Only then can art become an integral and valued part of the general curriculum. (IS)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Information Analyses
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Note: Exit Project, Indiana University.