ERIC Number: ED294503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Research in Art Education as a Form of Educational Consumer Protection.
Hamblen, Karen A.
Art education research is examined to indicate the importance of having an adequate research base to make informed educational decisions. To examine the ways in which research proceeds from sociopolitical assumptions and, in turn, shapes perceptions of the field and guides actions, the following are discussed: (1) art education research trends; (2) the sociopolitical nature of research; (3) research deficiencies in art education; and (4) prescriptions for research within a critical perspective. The objective is to focus attention on the reality-constructing nature of art education research, on the need for research agendas supportive of diverse approaches and alternative interpretations, and on the importance of incorporating in research, self-critical components that acknowledge biases and limitations. Art education researchers have often conducted experimental studies and relied on scientific methods of general education and psychology. The psychological aspects of children's artistic development has been a research focus. Arts education research currently seems to emphasize psychometric studies, histories, and research summaries. Ad hoc and individually conducted research is advocated as well as collaborative and funded research. 30 references. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).