ERIC Number: ED431654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Transitional Times for Arts Education in Arizona.
Welch, Nancy; Humphreys, Jere
A study of 55 school districts and a group of opinion leaders examined the status of arts education in Arizona. Information from surveys collected and interviews conducted throughout 1995 and 1996 was analyzed to determine whether or not improvement occurred following the 1988 "Vision 2000" program. Survey responses and interviews suggest: (1) signs of improvement appear along with indications of status quo maintenance; (2) four out of ten respondents thought the overall status of arts education was better now than five years ago, another third thought it was about the same; (3) significant support for arts education exists among school personnel and parents; (4) funding, staffing, and curriculum were identified as the most critical need over the next 3 years; (5) arts education remains vulnerable to funding cuts, neglect, and competition from other educational priorities; (6) local sources of external funds are often used to supplement district funds but the potential for private funding of the arts has not been fully tapped; and (7) Arizona schools compare reasonably well with schools nationally in terms of the provision of visual art, music, and other arts programs. Recommendations are made for continued study, establishment of arts education quality indicators, monitoring, and mechanisms for reporting and sharing statewide data regarding the status of arts education. (MM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Fine Arts, Music Education, Visual Arts
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Box 874405, Tempe, AZ 85287-4405; Tel: 480-965-4525; Fax: 480-965-9219.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona