The Arts in Education: Some Research Studies

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Les Tickle
Routledge, May 4, 2012 - Education - 295 pages

The arts in education are currently the subject of considerable controversy. Some people argue that fostering creativity in schools is important; that the arts can provide a substantial contribution to the development of the capacity for creative thought and action; and that therefore the arts should be well represented at all levels of the school curriculum. Some argue that the education system, in fact, leaves pupils incomplete, stultified and uncreative. Others argue that it is the processes of teaching and learning in the arts which are at fault because they are too passive. This book surveys the different sides of the debate and goes on to report on original research which examines just how the arts are taught in schools. It thereby makes a considerable contribution to the debate which has hitherto been incomplete due to a lack of evidence.

 

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Contents

The arts in education and curriculum research
1
1 The Arts and Young Children
15
Aesthetic activity in six Schools
34
Art teaching in Primary and Middle Schools
57
A case study of the micropolitics of creative drama
80
Teaching poetry and drama in a secondary school
121
Art rooms and art teachers in secondary schools
141
The longterm impact of theatre in education
166
Initial encounters with typography
188
9 Evaluation and the Arts The Music Case
204
Deprogramming student teachers
230
Some thoughts on curriculum teaching and learning as theoretical issues 1
258
Index
292
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