As a field of study, art education is dedicated to the development of artistic ways of knowing and thinking among all learners through meaningful engagement with art making and critical response. Although the field serves a broad spectrum of learners, including those with learning challenges and the gifted, the majority of its attention is focused on mainstream K–12 learners, primarily within the context of school settings. In the course of the field's evolution since the late 19th century, it has served shifting societal needs, and today's art education reflects agendas such as human development through engagement with art objects and art-making processes; learning in the domain of art; and investigation of issues that range from making interdisciplinary connections to social issues and the study of ...

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