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

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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Peter Hiller
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
16
Issue No.: 
3
Page numbers of article: 
29-37
Year of publication: 
1993
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
Whilst we make a compelling theoretical case for art as a necessary and unique component of a liberal education we appear to fail in practice. The general public is relatively ignorant about the visual arts and there is little evidence to suggest that school art programs either develop understanding or enhance creativity and self-expression. It would appear that art education is still strongly influenced by romantically inspired myths and misconceptions resulting in practices which do not stand up to careful educational scrutiny. At a time when teachers' defence of the area is crucial they cannot afford to continue to rely on faith and the mystical nor can they continue to ignore sensible pedagogical practices which focus upon sound and logical developmental learning structures.
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