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Design for learning through the arts

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In 1999 the Director-General of UNESCO issued an international appeal for the promotion of arts education and creativity at school. Since then UNESCO has been quite remarkable in its World-wide initiatives on behalf of art education. This article welcomes UNESCO's advocacy effort and invites InSEA and other arts education professional groups to take notice of this activity and enjoin this worldwide dialogue as full and critical partners. This paper suggests a beginning agenda for this dialogue in two parts: a brief commentary on issues that are central to this much needed debate, namely - arts-in-education, interdisciplinarity and school curricula, art and cognition, learning in the arts and transfer of learning to other subjects; and a model that identifies the critical curricular influences that need to be taken into account when arts are introduced into schools as a way of knowing and as a distinctive way of learning.

Keywords: advocacy; arts; cognition; curriculum; education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Teachers College, Columbia University.

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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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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