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Culture and the Arts in Education: Critical Essays on Shaping Human Experience


reviewed by Mary Stone Hanley — August 07, 2006

coverTitle: Culture and the Arts in Education: Critical Essays on Shaping Human Experience
Author(s): Ralph A. Smith
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746541, Pages: 216, Year: 2006
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This compilation of essays, written between 1973 and 1995, represents Smith’s ideas on the arts (particularly, the visual arts), education, aesthetics, aesthetic education, the humanities, humanism, diversity, and culture.  His work underscores the value and purpose of the arts in human knowing, and the need for aesthetic education for a moral and democratic society. The general synthesis of his ideas is that engagement with the humanities via the arts provides an aesthetic experience that connects the aesthetically skilled and knowledgeable percipient with self, human truths, and Western values.  To enable the fullest engagement with the arts, an aesthetics education involves instruction to achieve critical judgment, analysis, and an understanding of the historical contexts and continuities of works of art (p. 117). Chapters 1 through 3 provide a framework for Smith’s perspectives on aesthetics and education.  In Chapter 1, titled “Arts education as liberal education,” Smith begins with a discussion of Western... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12648, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:46:19 PM

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  • Mary Hanley
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    MARY STONE HANLEY is the assistant professor of Arts Education and Multicultural Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in arts integration and multicultural education. She received a M.Ed. from the University of Washington in Educational Communications and Technology and a PhD from the U of Washington in Curriculum and Instruction. She has more than 35 years of experience in education as a public school teacher, as an artist and arts educator, as a community educator working with children at risk for failure in public schools, and as a university faculty member. Dr. Hanley is also a playwright, screenwriter, and poet. She has had nine plays and two films produced for urban youth audiences. Her research interests include the arts as vehicles of agency, voice, and culture in education and educational research.
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