1st Edition

Developing a Curriculum Model for Civically Engaged Art Education Engaging Youth through Artistic Research

By Sara Scott Shields, Rachel Fendler Copyright 2024
    200 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores art as a means of engendering youth civic engagement and draws on research conducted with young people in the United States to develop a unique curriculum model for civically engaged art education (CEAE).

    Combining concepts from civics and arts education, chapters posit that artistic thinking, making, and acting form the basis for creative research into social and political issues which affect young people and are key to promoting civic participation. Focusing on critical, creative, and dynamic forms of youth cultural production inspired by local people, places, and events, the text demonstrates how educators’ curricular choices can engage students in researching social movements and arts-based activism. The authors draw from well-established areas such as arts-based research, civic engagement, and maker-centered learning to present their educational model through illustrative examples.

    Offering a timely consideration of the relationship between art education and civics education, this book will appeal to scholars and students of the sociology of education, as well as arts and teacher research, and pre-service teacher education.

    Section I: Foundations 1. Understanding Civics 2. Teaching Civics through Art Section II: Think 3. Positioning Students as Arts Based Researchers 4. Envisioning Curriculum 5. Curriculum Overview Section III: Make 4. Engaging People 5. Visiting Places 6. Researching Events Section IV: Act 7. Imagining Civically Engaged Art Education 8. Designing Curriculum


    Sara Scott Shields is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Florida State University, USA.

    Rachel Fendler is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Florida State University, USA.