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ERIC Number: EJ725349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Critique: Where Art Meets Assessment
Soep, Elisabeth
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n1 p38 Sep 2005
Educational researchers have paid little attention to "critique"--an activity young artists routinely use to assess and advance their creative projects. It is an activity from which they have a lot to learn, particularly in the context of community-based arts collaboratives. In school classrooms where teachers emphasize group projects and performances, surely students assess their own developing work. But in arts-based settings in the community, critique happens spontaneously, and participating young artists devise their own strategies for making it effective. Youth critique is an area in which art and assessment, two practices normally seen to be mutually inhospitable, actually come together under very specific conditions. The author highlights here moments of critique within a single youth arts project, Youth Radio, in Berkeley, California, where she has conducted participatory action research over five years. In her work at Youth Radio she has documented learning through youth media production, while also collaborating with young people to create radio stories on education and other topics for broadcast on local and national outlets. In this article, she focuses on a property of assessment that is often overlooked--its own potential for artfulness. She concludes with implications of critique for teaching and learning in the arts and beyond, including concrete strategies for bridging the gap between youth arts collaboratives and school classrooms. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California