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Our Big Virtual Book of Ideas

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craig roland (rolandc)
Tue, 20 Apr 1999 23:34:09 -0400

I left home this morning, after reading my email, with the feeling I had
drank a glass of sour milk for breakfast. This evening, picking up again
on the discussion centered around the use of ideas posted on this list I
see that a number of interesting issues have been raised including
questions of authorship, originality, copyright, fair use, and ethics.
While these broader issues are worth discussing further (particularly in
the context of a post-modern, electronic age), I'll try to be more direct

For me, the attacks on Mary Ann are misguided. This became especially
clear when she posted the "complied list of big and messy art ideas." I
see few ideas there that are worth putting in a book. On the other hand, I
do think she's done a service by re-posting them on the list, so others
might benefit. Anyways, I assume that IF Mary Ann (or others) wants to use
any ideas from this list in a book (or published article), she/they would
ask permission of the contributor.

Like others, I confess that I have "used" ideas from this list on numerous
occasions particularly in the context of training future art teachers
(e.g., I've complied lists of ideas regarding grading, working with special
populations, etc., from this list and shared them with my art ed students).
I have also (like Mary Ann) requested ideas from list participants (e.g.,
some time ago I asked for descriptions of dilemmas that art teachers have
faced in the classroom) and have greatly appreciated the responses I've
received. In doing so, I've always worked with the assumption that these
responses were "copyrighted" and I credited the "expression" of those ideas
to those who offered them. Related to this, I recently discovered a list
of ideas that I once contributed here posted on a website elsewhere along
with a citation including my name.

I'm reminded of an art ed student in my class some years ago who wrote in
her journal (after spending time in a classroom) that she was amazed at the
amount of thinking and planning that went into teaching art. As I recall,
she wrote something like "I just thought that art teachers got their ideas
out of a big book somewhere. I never realized how much work is involved in
teaching art." In more recent years, I have directed my students to the
ArtsEdNet archives as a big "virtual" book of ideas, strategies,
approaches, and so on related to teaching art.

I just hope that you all realize what a valuable resource this list is for
future art teachers and that we will all continue to be contributing


CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
School of Art and Art History, FAC 302,
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
new email address: rolandc

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