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ERIC Number: EJ875608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Arts Integration as a Catalyst for High School Renewal
Dorfman, Dorinne
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v50 n1 p51-66 2008
The director of a small career academy of the arts in a public high school reflects on the conflicting demands to establish a college-preparatory program adhering to state standards and to facilitate the personal growth, artistic discovery, and democratic empowerment of teens. By narrating experiences that go to the heart of philosophical discord, the author reveals the schisms between interest-based and compulsory learning among students, teachers, and administration that threaten the program's continuance. Questioning the evolution of the academy, teachers' readiness to participate in a democratic arts community, and the director's contradictory role as an advocate for both innovative student-centered learning and traditional academic achievement does not diminish the positive contributions the arts academy had made on the lives of participating students, the overall high school, and the local community. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A