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.
Table of Contents
Introductions: The Arts in Education and Curriculum Research Les Tickle 1. The Arts and Young Children Clem Adelman 2. The ORACLE and the Muses: Aesthetic Activity in Six Schools Sara Delamont and Maurice Galton 3. Black Spiders: Art Teaching in Primary and Middle Schools Les Tickle 4. Ms Floral Mends Her Ways: A Case Study of the Micro-politics of Creative Drama John Benyon 5. Diversions and Creations: Teaching Poetry and Drama in a Secondary School Sheila M. Robinson 6. A Kind of Oasis: Art Rooms and Art Teachers in Secondary Schools Patricia J. Sikes 7. Theatre, Memory and Learning: the Long-term Impact of Theatre in Education Lynne Suffolk 8. Picas and Points: Initial Encounters with Typography Derek Mace 9. Evaluation and the Arts – The Music Case Saville Kushner 10. Art for Pupils’ Sake: Deprogramming Student Teachers Jack Sanger and Les Tickle 11. Mrs Kaye’s Drawing Class: Some Thoughts on Curriculum, Teaching and Learning as Theoretical Issues Louis M. Smith. Index