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Re: Higher Ed Art Ed Texts

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Mary Tapia (
Wed, 6 Dec 95 17:19:22 CST

>I have been teaching an art methods course for elementary ed students for
>several years and have had about three different texts. None of them have
>been perfect. I am currently using "Children and their Art" by Hurwitz and
>Day, 5th ed. Any reactions to this text or other recommendations?

This was the text that I had as an art ed major at Univ. of Wis.-Milw. in
the mid-80's. It was a good starting structure. However, now that I have
been teaching the arts for 6 years and have been very involved with
curriculum development and goal setting at the district level, I realize
more and more a need for Howard Gardner's work to be understood by the
general education population. His theory of multiple intelligences really
describes what the arts can do for the classroom teachers and visa versa.
It answers the question - Why art?- beyond art for art sake. In terms of a
text for your art methods course, I think it's an even better starting
point. DePaul University uses his Gardners work for their arts methods at
the graduate level. One of my colleagues teaches it and I have presented
visual art basics for the class. I think it's a great structure for them
to work with and create wholistic units of study.

* Mary Kolf Tapia
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