The goals for this "under construction website" are to provide the
visitor with a timely
source of information and ideas for students taking these courses, as well
medium of interactive communication.
Materials and projects specific to students enrolled in Art in the
Elementary School, EDUC 215.2, A & B, and senior Art Education
Majors, who are in the field student teaching, will be posted as a means of
efficient electronic dissemination. A venue for shared experiences in Art Student Teaching to
enlarge the group's common understanding and educational proficiency.
Importance of a Strong Arts Education in Schools:
The following are some points that are widely acknowledged in
support of the importance of the arts in education for K-12
arts engage all students in education, from those who are already
considered successful and are in need of greater challenges, to
those who would otherwise remain disconnected and are at risk of not
being able to realize their own potential for success.
exercising their imaginations, the arts help students to make new
connections, transcend previous limitations and think ‘outside of
Expression in the arts helps students to develop cognitive and
arts provide an avenue for students to be able to express themselves
and connect with their peers through personal growth and cooperative
arts are a strong motivator for students to develop self discipline
and social skills.
- The arts encourage self-directed
learning, helping to develop the capacity of students to strive for
- Each art form brings special ways of
perceiving the world and mentally organizing and retrieving
information, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- The arts help to transform the school
environment to one of discovery and learning, breaking down barriers
between disciplines and improving the conditions of learning.
- The arts give students the
opportunity to represent what they have learned, thus achieving
greater comprehension and retention of the material being covered.
- Art criticism helps students develop
observation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation skills that can
be transferred to other areas of study.
- The arts are essential to an
understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past
- A strong, sequential arts education
program in schools promotes cultural literacy in our society.
- The arts help to provide experiences
for students to continue to become lifelong learners after they
reach adulthood, creating awareness that learning is a never-ending
- Education in the arts helps students
to acquire those skills that will be essential to their being
successful in the new millennium.
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