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From fine art to visual culture: assessment and the changing role of art education

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The influence of digital technology in recent decades has affected all aspects of ordinary visual experience through rapid reproduction and communication of images ultimately contributing to a massive increase in the exposure of children to popular culture. The nature of the fine arts has also changed in response to the impact of digital technology and the pervasive influence of popular imagery and this has, in turn, affected the ways in which culture is represented. This article discusses ways in which art education is responding to these changes with specific attention to the relationship of curriculum and assessment. Appropriate portfolio assessment strategies intimately related to curriculum content are described with reference to specific student work

Keywords: assessment; portfolio; technology; visual culture

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Northern Illinois University.

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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