ERIC Number: EJ1153741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Differences between Art and Design Education--or Differences in Conceptions of Creativity?
Zwirn, Susan Goetz; Vande Zande, Robin
Journal of Creative Behavior, v51 n3 p193-203 Sep 2017
The principles and techniques of design education have begun to influence art education in the United States, but their effect so far has been modest, primarily because of a gaping divide in beliefs about creativity and how to stimulate it. With K-12 art education on the chopping block of a culture awash with budget cuts and testing fever, this is a particularly a significant time to examine these disparate conceptions. The argument here is that the division that exists today between pre-K-12 art education and design education in the United States is not justified and ignores historical perspective. After describing and comparing the two approaches, we examine how conceptions of creativity in the visual arts may have led to this artificial separation of similar disciplines. Because educators in many countries grapple with defining and implementing creative art education curricula, this article will consider international perspectives that offer insights for American art educators.
Descriptors: Art Education, Design, Creativity, Visual Arts, Art Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Art
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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