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ERIC Number: ED501721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 108
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 94
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-4306-1
Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination
Bodilly, Susan J.; Augustine, Catherine H.
RAND Corporation
For over 30 years, arts education has been a low priority in the nation's public schools. Arts teaching positions were cut, and arts education in schools has dwindled as schools try to increase test scores in mathematics and reading within the time constraints of the school day. Some communities have responded with initiatives aimed at coordinating schools, cultural institutions, community-based organizations, foundations, and/or government agencies to promote access to arts learning for children in and outside of school. The objectives of the present research were to analyze how local arts education initiatives across multiple organizations were started, how they evolved, what kinds of organizations became involved, what conditions fostered or impeded coordination among those organizations, and what strategies were developed to improve both access to and quality of arts education in the communities. The purpose was thus not to evaluate the success of these initiatives, but to descriptively and comparatively analyze their formation and evolution. This study examined six site initiatives in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles County, New York City and the Oakland-Berkeley area of California, detailing common strategies they have used and discussing conditions that have helped and hindered their effectiveness. This monograph contains six chapters. Following an introduction, Chapter Two describes the sector that provides arts education opportunities today, setting it in a historical context so that readers can appreciate the enduring challenges facing current improvement initiatives. Chapter Three discusses the six case studies of coordination initiatives to improve access to arts education. Chapter Four synthesizes the sites' common strategies for improving access to quality arts learning experiences regardless of the extent to which the actors involved were working in a coordinated fashion. Chapter Five discusses specific coordination themes that emerged from the analysis, as well as factors that fostered and impeded coordination, and advantages and drawbacks of participating in coordination efforts. Finally, Chapter Six reviews the findings and offers conclusions and guidance for practitioners. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.) [This monograph was written with Laura Zakaras. For a summary of this monograph, see ED501725.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: RAND Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Massachusetts; New York; Texas