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ERIC Number: EJ893848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Learning from Examples of Civic Responsibility: What Community-Based Art Centers Teach Us about Arts Education
Davis, Jessica Hoffmann
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v44 n3 p82-95 Fall 2010
While the arts struggle for a place in mainstream education, they are at the center of numerous educational programs in the community. Looking to what schools can learn from community example, this paper identifies three objections to prioritizing the arts in schools (value, measurement, and autonomy) and finds responses to each in community arts education. It asserts (1) that arts learning makes invaluable contributions to students' sense of individual potential and social responsibility; (2) that arts-based assessments provide a model for general education rather than an excuse for marginalizing the arts; and (3) that a reliance on the community (instead of schools) for arts education deprives too many children of the benefits of arts learning. (Contains 30 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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