ERIC Number: EJ935031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Reference Count: 17
Signs of Change: Art Education in the Age of the iKid
Unrath, Kathleen A.; Mudd, Melissa A.
Art Education, v64 n4 p6-11 Jul 2011
Over the last few years, headlines from diverse arenas--grocery store newsstands to academic literature--repeatedly voiced evidence that people are living in a transformational time. "Change" was not only the go-to buzzword of choice in the 2008 presidential campaign but also a signifier of mutations in all areas of people's lives. Therefore, this article poses questions and creates a foundational dialogue about a new generation of learner (the iKid) and the importance of visual arts education in this time of change. The authors propose that the inclusion of quality arts programs, and the types of thinking developed therein, uniquely meet the needs of the 21st-century learner by not only providing experiences and opportunities for today's students to be engaged, but to thrive. They suggest that art educators reconnect with the learning styles of today's iKids and inspire meaning making across disciplines and technologies.
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