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date: 19 October 2021

Purposes of Arts Educationlocked

Purposes of Arts Educationlocked

  • Rebecca HeatonRebecca HeatonNational Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore
  •  and Richard HickmanRichard HickmanUniversity of Cambridge

Summary

A range of arguments is used to justify the inclusion of the arts in schools’ curricula from different parts of the world, moreover, "the arts" can mean different things to different audiences. It is therefore useful to contextualize why and how arts education contributes to such things as social utility, personal growth, and aesthetic awareness. Arts education in many countries is being marginalized, and the cognitive value of arts education is being sidelined. By reinstating the arts in education as cognitively driven, culturally relevant, and progressive, an arts offering can be formed that aligns with, and advances, contemporary perspectives and practices in education.

Subjects

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy

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