ERIC Number: ED393710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Art in a Democracy.
Blandy, Doug, Ed.; Congdon, Kristin G., Ed.
Society truly cannot be democratic unless the educational systems function democratically. Art education has a role to play in this process. The perceptions of many different groups in a pluralistic society must be considered in a new multicultural approach to the teaching of art. A "Foreword" (June King McFee) and "Introduction" (Doug Blandy; Kristin G. Congdon) along with 13 contributed articles addressing five central issues are presented. Part 1: "Individual Differences, Cultural Pluralism, and 'Social Role Valorization,'" includes the articles: (1) "Culturally Based Versus Universally Based Understanding of Art" (F. Graeme Chalmers); (2) "Qualifications and Contradictions of Art Museum Education in a Pluralistic Democracy" (Karen A. Hamblen); and (3) "Masculine Bias and the Relationship between Art and Democracy" (Georgia C. Collins). Part 2: "Public Dialogue on Art," presents: (4) "Art, Social Action, and the Preparation of Democratic Citizens" (Doug Blandy); (5) "Historical Participation: Toward an Understanding of the Historian in Art Education" (Paul E. Bolin); and (6) "Toward Democratic Direction of Technology" (Beverly J. Jones). Part 3: "Citizens' Responsibility to Individual and Group Processes," includes: (7) "Why Art Education Is Neither Socially Relevant nor Culturally Democratic: A Contextual Analysis" (Robert Bersson); and (8) "Cultural Literacy in Art: Developing Conscious Aesthetic Choices in Art Education" (Barbara Ann Boyer). Part 4: "Freedom of Aesthetic Choice in Work and Play," articles are: (9) "Occupational Art and Occupational Influences on Aesthetic Preferences: A Democratic Perspective" (Kristin G. Congdon); (10) "Making Work Art and Art Work: The Aesthetic Impulse in Organizations and Education" (Michael Owen Jones); and (11) "Toward an Ecological Aesthetic: Notes on a 'Green' Frame of Mind" (Jan J. Jagodzinski). Part 5: "Responses to Art in a Democracy,'" presents: (12) "Democracy and Art, Then and Now" (Mary Ann Stankiewicz); and (13) "Misdirections and Realignments" (Vincent Lanier). A "Selected Bibliography" and notes "About the Contributors" conclude the book. (NP)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Values, Art, Art Education, Attitudes, Bias, Conservation (Environment), Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Literacy, Cultural Pluralism, Democracy, Democratic Values, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Multicultural Education, Museums, Social Action, Social Bias, Social Influences, Social Responsibility, Visual Arts, Work Attitudes
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (paperback: ISBN-0-8077-2881-0, $18.95; hardback: ISBN-0-8077-2882-9, $28).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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