ISSUES STATEMENT ON
INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK IN THE ARTS
RESTON, VA—NAEA, with the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations,
created jointly a flyer on interdisciplinary arts education, Authentic
Connections: Interdisciplinary Work in the Arts.
"Many members are not aware of the frequency of collaborations NAEA has had
with other associations, agencies, and corporations," says NAEA President Mac
Arthur Goodwin. "For example, in the last several years we have collaborated
with the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, National Association of
Schools of Art and Design, Middle Schools Association, National Association
of Secondary School Principals, American Association of School
Administrators, College Art Association, International Society for Education
through Art, PTA, Council of State School Officers, National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards, Sony, Imation, and Federal agencies such as
NAGB, NEA and the Department of Education."
The purpose of the interdisciplinary document is to assist and support
educators in interdisciplinary work and to clarify how the arts can be taught
with integrity through the interdisciplinary content standards. It has been
prepared for teachers in all disciplines, teaching artists, administrators,
teacher educators at the college level, and parents.
Authentic Connections includes topics such as: Why interdisciplinary work in
the arts is important; how it relates to the National Arts Standards;
elements and criteria needed, and actual models of instruction, i.e.,
Parallel Instruction, Crossdisciplinary Instruction, and Infusion.
NAEA members who served on the committee are: Mark Coates, Anne Arundel
County Public Schools, MD, Diane E. Fogler, Rockaway Township Public Schools,
NJ, and Patsy Parker, Norfolk, VA.
Copies of the 10-page Authentic Connections may be downloaded on NAEA’s web
page news section at www.naea-reston.org/news.html. Copies of the NAEA
Visual Arts Education: Setting An Agenda For Improving Student Learning and
To Move Forward are also on the NAEA web site.
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Note: Members of the Consortium: American Alliance for Theatre and Education,
MENC—The National Association for Music Education, National Art Education
Association, and National Dance Education Organization.
About NAEA: The National Art Education Association is the world’s largest
professional art education association and a leader in educational research,
policy, and practice for art education. NAEA’s mission is to advance art
education through professional development, service, advancement of
knowledge, and leadership.
Membership (approximately 40,000) includes elementary and secondary art
teachers (and middle and senior high students in the National Art Honor
Society programs), artists, administrators, museum educators, arts council
staff, and university professors from throughout the United States and
several foreign countries. It also includes publishers, manufacturers and
suppliers of art materials, parents, students, retired art educators, and
others concerned about quality art education in our schools.