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Art and Cognition
by Arthur Efland
Available from NAEA
May 8, 2002 — In this in-depth text, the preeminent art education scholar
Arthur Efland not only sheds light on the problems inhibiting art education,
but also demonstrates how art contributes to the overall development of the
mind. Delineating how the development of artistic interests and ability is an
important aspect of cognition and learning, he shows how art helps
individuals construct cultural meaning, a crucial component of social
communication—a foundation for lifelong learning that includes the arts.
In Art and Cognition, Arthur Efland:
o Explains the cognitive nature of learning in the visual arts—debunking the
persistent perception of the arts as emotive only.
o Looks at recent understandings of the mind and intelligence to determine
how they bear on questions of the intellectual status of the arts.
o Explains how a cognitively oriented conception of teaching will change the
ways that the arts are taught.
o Discusses the ways in which new developments in cognitive science can be
applied to art education.
o Describes how the arts can be used to develop cognitive ability in children.
o Identifies implications for art curricula, teaching practices, and the
reform of general education.
Topics: The Uneasy Connection Between Art & Psychology o Artistic
Development in Cognitive Developmental Theories o The Cognitive Revolution &
Conceptions of Learning o Cognitive Flexibility Theory & Learning in the Arts
o Obstacles to Art Learning & Their Assessment o Imagination in Cognition o A
Cognitive Argument for the Arts
Order No. #272 Art and Cognition
ISBN 0-8077-4218-X 216 pages
Member Price $18.00; Non-member Price $22.00
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