ERIC Number: EJ1039337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 119
Theoretical Considerations for Art Education Research with and about "Underserved Populations"
Kraehe, Amelia M.; Acuff, Joni B.
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v54 n4 p294-309 Sum 2013
Though it is widely used, the concept of "underserved" is sorely undertheorized in art education. Before the field of art education can effectively address the persistent educational disparities across different sociocultural and economic groups, we need deeper understandings of entangled sociocultural and political processes that create and conceal underservedness. The term "underservedness" moves us away from conceiving of populations, and instead draws attention to cultural articulations and material conditions that prevent certain groups from fully accessing and benefiting from the resources and opportunities for effective education, including high-quality art experiences. In this article, the authors discuss four theoretical perspectives--critical race theory, intersectionality, critical multiculturalism, and social justice education--that can foster nuanced analyses and cogent explanations of art education in the context of underservedness. The discussion focuses on key tenets of these theoretical perspectives, important points of tension and synergy, and their relevance for art education research.
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Research, Educationally Disadvantaged, Critical Theory, Race, Social Justice, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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