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Re: Higher Ed Art Ed Texts

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Thu, 7 Dec 1995 10:06:25 -0500

In response to my posting about texts for el art ed Rich responded with the
following on Wed. Dec.6.

>Are you oriented to a project type of el ed exp?
>Are you oriented towards a comprehensive multi-discipline >approach?
>How important is it for your students to know the historical
>foundations for art ed?
>What do you sense are the kinds of questions our field
>Are your el ed teachers going to teach art? No art teachers in
>your state?

Thanks for your response (and others who have responded to this topic). You
have posed some excellent questions. In reflection I have decided I am not
as dissatisfied with the Hurwitz and Day text as I am with the amount of time
I have for contact with my students. Our methods course follows a
comprehensive approach to teaching art that embraces the model made popular
by DBAE (although I believe quality instruction in art has always included
this multi-discipline approach).

Our methods course meets two hours per week for the semester and includes art
majors/minors and non art majors/minors. The varied backgrounds with art
provide good discussions. The text material is supplemented with journal
articles and other readings from "Studies in Art" and various other sources.

A high percentage of our graduates teach in schools where there is no art
specialist. And for the non-majors, the notion that talking about art,
artists, and art history in addition to creating art is a revelation. So on
the one hand I sense some frustration for all the topics I don't get to; and
on the other hand it is a very rewarding teaching experience.

Mary Kolf Tapia recommended utilizing Gardner's work with multiple
intelligences. Her Dec. 6 post states:
>It answers the question - Why art?- beyond art for art sake. >In terms of a
text for your art methods course...


With all of this said and done, I'm still interested and perhaps curious
about what others are using for texts and course materials.