ERIC Number: ED300287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Civilization: A Report on Arts Education.
National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Requiring basic sequential arts education for all K-12 students is the primary recommendation of this report, which was written to fulfill a congressional mandate to determine the current state of U.S. arts education programs. Based primarily on two surveys, "Arts, Education, and the States," and "Public School District Policies and Practices in Selected Aspects of Arts and Humanities," this report also contains information drawn from 14 other arts studies, selected curriculum guides and books, and interviews. An overview describes basic arts education and its importance, problems in arts education, and the current status of arts education and offers specific conclusions and recommendations about: (1) arts curriculums; (2) arts testing and evaluation; (3) art teachers; (4) research priorities in the arts; (5) arts leadership; and (6) the role of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). A section entitled "Arts in the Classroom" offers examples of specific art programs or activities (or the lack of them) in selected K-12 classes. Other sections present additional information and issues in support of the study's six specific areas of recommendations. Photographs, charts, tables, maps, and an 102-item bibliography are provided. Appendices include information about programs supported and funded by the NEA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Education. (JHP)
Descriptors: Art, Art Activities, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art Teachers, Creative Art, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
Superintendents of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 036-000-00051-1, $9.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
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