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[teacherartexchange] NAEA Release - Art Education: The Development of Public Policy


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri May 19 2006 - 11:39:08 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

Some of you have asked about history of Art Education in the past.....

NAEA Releases New Resource
Art Education: The Development of Public Policy
By Charles Dorn

Art Education: The Development of Public Policy provides a
socio-political analysis of American K-12 art education policy from
1850 to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It seeks to
acquaint the reader with effects of government and foundation policy
interventions on the curriculum of K-12 art schooling, the influences
of these policies on how we view art and artists, and how art
educators are governed by the policymaking process.

Historically the book provides a 50-year overview of art education
curriculum reform from a policy perspective through the identification
of various federal and private efforts to influence the K-12 art
curriculum, the policy windows which provided the political
opportunities to initiate sometimes unwanted curricular changes and
the special interests outside the field who have sought to imitate

The text presents various examples of public policy interventions,
monopolies, and rules initiated by governments and foundations in
order to insure compliance with conceptions of how the artist lost its
aura and how it was replaced by current policies advocating the art
student as a social change agent and social reconstructionist. Put at
risk by this process was the time honored idea of the progressives
that the child should be educated as the artist and that K-12 art
education is to foster creative learning.

Order No. 235
Art Education: The Development of Public Policy
228 pgs. {2005} ISBN 0-9715402-9-2
$35.00; Member Price $30.00

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