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Arts Education Curriculum

  • By: Elizabeth Vallance
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The curriculum in arts education in K12 schools may refer to the various artsvisual art, music, theateror to the visual arts curriculum only; this entry addresses visual arts education. Though arts education is a long-standing part of the U.S. school curriculum, its rationale, structure, and content have changed substantially over the years. The arts education curriculum has evolved in response to changing conceptions of the purposes of schooling and of the role of creativity in human development, and it challenges traditional conceptions of assessment. At its best, art education produces citizens who can respond appropriately to their visual environment with skills that go beyond those readily measured.

Visual Arts Media and Curriculum Structure

In the visual arts, the curriculum has generally covered art forms that are in ...

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