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The ever-expanding art curriculum is it teachable or sustainable?

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This paper examines some of the claims made for visual culture education in the context of globalisation. The history of art and design education in the United Kingdom is retraced to argue that new ideas are seldom accepted outright and that the present curriculum amounts to an array of practices lacking a coherent philosophy that have built up over time. Some reservations about the visual culture movement are expressed and suggestions are made for a broad, intercultural curriculum.

Keywords: art and design curriculum; globalisation; visual culture education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: National Society of Education in Art and Design, United Kingdom.

Publication date: September 27, 2007

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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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