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The Arts in Education: A Historical Perspective


by George Geahigan 1992

Of all the forces that have affected American education, perhaps the most immediate and enduring has been the drive towards universal mass education). The rise of the common school movement in the nineteenth century and the rapid growth of the secondary school in the twentieth created enormous pressures to expand and diversify the curriculum to meet the needs of an increasingly heterogeneous student body. It was during these periodic phases of expansion that the arts were introduced into the public school curriculum.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 91, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 6, 1992, p. 1-19
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18873, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 3:40:03 AM

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  • George Geahigan
    Purdue University
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    GEORGE GEAHIGAN is Associate Professor of Art and Design and Head of the Division of Art Education, Department of Creative Arts, Purdue University.
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