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ERIC Number: EJ863355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
A Study of Excellence in Arts Education
Seidel, Steve; Tishman, Shari; Winner, Ellen; Hetland, Lois; Palmer, Patricia
Principal Leadership, v10 n3 p46-51 Nov 2009
Many children in the United States have little or no opportunity for formal arts instruction, and access to arts learning experiences remains a national challenge. In addition, the "quality" of arts learning opportunities that are available to young people is a serious concern. Understanding this second challenge--the challenge of creating and sustaining high quality formal arts learning experiences for K-12 youth, inside and outside of school--is the focus of "The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education," a recent research initiative commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and conducted by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The study focuses on the character of excellence itself and asks three core questions: (1) How do arts educators in the United States--including leading practitioners, theorists, and administrators--conceive of and define high quality arts learning and teaching?; (2) What markers of excellence do educators and administrators look for in the actual activities of arts learning and teaching as they unfold in the classroom?; and (3) How do a program's foundational decisions, as well as its ongoing day-to-day decisions, affect the pursuit and achievement of quality? These questions were investigated through three strands of research: (1) interviews with leading arts practitioners, theorists and administrators; (2) site visits to exemplary arts programs across a range of settings; and (3) a review of published literature. This excerpt from the recent research study reveals the roles all stakeholders play and provides tools for strengthening the arts curriculum. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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