ERIC Number: EJ954800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-5
Reference Count: N/A
Letting off "STEAM" at Montserrat College of Art
Immerman, Stephen D.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2011
For over a decade, educators, government representatives, entrepreneurs, social scientists, economists and journalists have espoused a constant drumbeat on the critically important skills and habits of mind that students will need to possess not just to survive, but also thrive in a rapidly changing and highly competitive world. Each commentator, in his or her own way has underscored the need to prepare the next generations of college graduates to enter a society and a work force that will demand the ability to solve complex and symbolic problems, communicate effectively, identify and deliver creative content, and imagine solutions to challenges not yet identified. As the economic activity of the nation and the world continues to rapidly transform, the need to invest in education that promotes innovation and creativity has become primary to the central themes in this ongoing public dialogue. Important voices have commented on the idea that the current emphasis on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) should expand to include an equal emphasis on Art and Design. Harvey White, founder of Qualcomm Inc., initiated the public dialogue advocating that "STEAM" should replace "STEM." His perspective was followed by countless additional voices reinforcing the importance of the role of Arts Education and its importance for the future of America. In this article, the author features the Montserrat College of Art and how it prepares each student for a life of art and for the art of life.
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Fine Arts, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Design, Outcomes of Education, Problem Solving, Art Education, Role of Education
New England Board of Higher Education. 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111. Tel: 617-357-9620; Fax: 617-338-1577; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.nebhe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts