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Thirty Years of Practical Arts: Under the Administration of Dean James E. Russell


by Maurice A. Bigelow 1927

THE practical arts, after thirty years of development into the present organization in Teachers College, are represented in the School of Practical Arts by the following eight groups or divisions which are equivalent to departments: fine arts, household arts, industrial arts, music education, nursing education, health education, physical education, and practical science. Practical arts as now taught in these departments can be defined and distinguished from the liberal arts by two outstanding characteristics: The first of these is that the fundamental knowledge or subject matter of practical arts is selected from the sciences (natural, social, and aesthetic) and organized with reference to use or practice in everyday life. The second is that the application of the selected knowledge requires intellectual and physical skill or neuro-muscular technique. Of course, manual skill alone was "art" in the old and narrow sense of methods for performing certain useful actions; for example, the art of blacksmithing. Unfortunately, the phrase "practical arts" is often misunderstood as if it were the plural of "art" in the narrow sense limited to manual skill.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 28 Number 8, 1927, p. 765-775
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5817, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 10:20:53 PM

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