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ERIC Number: EJ1012893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-30
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
The Visiting Artist in Schools: Arts Based or School Based Practices?
Holdhus, Kari; Espeland, Magne
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v14 spec iss 1.10 Jan 2013
In this article, we discuss some issues raised by the increasing number of comprehensive national programs for visiting school concerts and art events in Norwegian schools. We ask what this increase in activity might mean for the nature of arts education subjects in schools, in particular music, what kind of rationale and philosophy the national art event programs bring to schooling and what challenges this new situation represent for the artists as well as teachers involved. We argue that the lack of school ownership of these practices can be understood in view of a dominating rationale based on romantic aesthetic theories. We also argue that neither education nor the visiting arts programs seem to have adjusted their practices to recent trends in western performance practices and aesthetics and to an educational practice building sufficiently on a pedagogy of relations. We propose then to actively embrace, but also to adapt, the relational turn in both fields, but not uncritically and not in a way that might reduce the meaning and importance of great art, nor the quality of educational learning and Bildung. We think art and aesthetics as well as education has something to offer in the construction of a new relational arts based pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway