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ERIC Number: EJ766948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Who Is at the City Gates? A Surreptitious Approach to Curriculum-Making in Art Education
Rolling, James Haywood, Jr.
Art Education, v59 n6 p40-46 Nov 2006
As a classroom teacher of art, the author questions the definitive ends that often accompany progressive enterprises in education. He questions the pressure he has experienced to reduce curricular possibilities and learning outcomes to the space of a single document. He argues that planning a learning outcome is "not" an architectural exercise. He believes that it is no longer in the best interest of a nation seeking to jump-start its characteristic innovation to perpetuate the rhetoric of a single best system of public educational practices, a nationalized set of quality standards. To attain toward the single best solution in the enterprise of public education, to mandate the same expectations for every child, is to essentialize the character of learning as that of a product. When learning is characterized as a product that educators may be held accountable for, it is an attempt to assure predictable outcomes of learning, outcomes that are easy to standardize, easy to test for, easy to measure, and easy to follow. However, learning is no sure thing and it is not easy to map; there is no accounting for the ways in which children particularize their learning outcomes in spite of the best or worst schooling practices. In this article, the author explores the gateways all learners build between school learning encounters, life experience, and their wandering imaginations. The lesson described in this article is presented as the collaborative adventure of the author and his students. (Contains 10 figures and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York