ERIC Number: ED407354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Ideas for Teaching and Learning the Arts.
Gary, Charles L.; Foy, Rita, Ed.
This booklet is designed to give teachers some of the latest ideas about how arts principles and concepts can best be understood, taught, and used in the classroom to improve instruction in the arts and other disciplines. Considering the stance of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership, and the Coalition for Education in the Arts, and the increasing support from research about the value of the arts, the 1990's seems a time of real opportunity. While there are still issues being discussed, the state-of-the-art in arts education may soon properly reflect the importance of this aspect of education to civilization. The booklet's major ideas, organized into one page sections, include the following: (1) make certain all students have daily arts experiences; (2) the arts offer the opportunity to practice decision making; (3) students need to know the elements of the various arts and need to develop the vocabularies with which to discuss them; (4) experiences in the arts provide opportunities for students to learn as much about themselves as they do about the subject matter; (5) provide students with opportunities to develop a craft while exploring originality and analytical thinking; (6) lead students to new ways of solving problems through unique challenges in the arts, both mental and physical; (7) employ modern technology to encourage imaginative use of artistic material; (8) arts specialists are educators who are also skilled in at least one arts discipline; (9) enriching the experiences of all children as they study literature, history, geography, foreign languages, math, or science is a gift arts specialists offer the school; and (10) a major asset of the arts in education is to make schools a more engaging learning environment. In discussing the U.S. Department of Education's support for the arts, Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley said, "The arts in all their distinct forms define, in many ways, those qualities that are at the heart of education reform in the 1990s--creativity, perseverance, a sense of standards, and above all, a striving for excellence." Contains 53 notes, an 11-item suggested reading list, and a 38-item selected resources list. (CB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Art Activities, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art Teachers, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Fundamental Concepts, Instructional Innovation, Student Educational Objectives, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.