It has been some time since I have responded or posted to the list. I have
enjoyed lurking in the background these last several months. This latest
thread on art teacher preparation has aroused my interest; I suppose it is
because I teach art education at the university level.
I have one question to ask the list and how you may choose to answer the
list may help us all illuminate some possible ways to improve upon the
education of art teachers. That one question is: Who is responsible for
educating the art teacher?
Briefly, I believe it must be a collaborative responsibility between the
K-12 schools, the university and the community. We really are
interdependent and any solution to any perceived problems of art teacher
education should be approached with this in mind.
Therefore, K-12 art teachers, the art education professional associations,
colleges and universities, parents, children and people in communities
throughout the United States should be working together to find a solution.
It is not solely the responsibility of the university to train art
teachers. It is everyone's responsibility.
Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Department of Art and Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666
dg09 (university e-mail in San Marcos)
dianegregory (home e-mail in Austin)