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Artsednet is an invaluable resource for inquiries relating to current
trends and theories in the field. I have used it as a tool for my
students' own research, and the results are two-fold: (1) they are now
familiar with the wealth of information available on the site, and
will hopefully continue to participate as they make the transition
from pre-service to classroom; and (2) (hopefully) the quality of the
information they received in their investigations is current
(practically real-time), applicable, relevant and meaningful.
Artsednet provides a global expanse of information that was not
available to us even five years ago. As practicing art educators, we
should encourage, rather than discourage our next generation of art
educators to take advantage of such a great resources. I believe
these discussions of life-centered issues are far more challenging and
thought provoking than the recent personal and emotional disputes
over socioeconomic background and personal signatures.
Amy E. Lewis