UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Doug Boughton and Jenny Aland
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
13
Issue No.: 
2
Page numbers of article: 
43-48
Year of publication: 
1989
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
This paper reflects on the marginalisation of the arts in the wake of the recent political interest shown in education and calls for a reconceptualisation of the role of the arts in the curriculum. A curious contradiction is highlighted whereby certain creative capacities are seen as essential to the revitalisation of the product economy, yet the arts, as a major domain for their development, continues to be ignored. The writers suggest that art educators are not living up to the claims they make for discipline, or that they are not perceived to be doing so by the broader community. A proposal for a national advocacy strategy is presented which combines elements of a reconceived visual arts curriculum supported by a broad program involving professional associations, the tertiary sector, consultancy and resource services and individuals.
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