In a struggling global economy, education is focused on core subjects such as language arts and mathematics, and the development of technological and career-readiness skills. Arts education has not been a central focus of education reform movements in the United States, and none of the current education standards frameworks deeply address the processes, texts and literacies that are inherent to arts disciplines. This lack of clarity poses a problem for state and district leaders who might be inclined to advocate for the arts in schools and classrooms across the country, but cannot find adequate detail in their guiding frameworks.
This volume acknowledges the challenges that arts educators face, and posits that authentic arts instruction and learning can benefit a young person’s development both inside and outside of the classroom. It presents ways that arts teachers and literacy specialists can work together to help others understand the potential that arts learning has to enhance students 21st century learning skills.
Part I: Creating: The Conceiving and Development of New Artistic Ideas and Work Part II: Performing/Presenting/Producing: The Realization and Presentation of an Artistic Work Part III: Responding: Thoughtful Interaction With Artistic Ideas and Work Part IV: Connecting: The Relating of Artistic Ideas and Work with Personal or Contextual Meanings and Knowledge