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Why Our Schools Need the Arts

reviewed by Richard Hickman - October 13, 2008

coverTitle: Why Our Schools Need the Arts
Author(s): Jessica Hoffman Davis
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774834X, Pages: 150, Year: 2007
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Arts education has no shortage of advocates, but there continues to be a need for a clearly developed case that supports the arts as an essential part of every child's education. This book does just that. Aimed at administrators, policy makers and parents, it uses well-developed arguments, supported by research and manages to avoid the emotional hand-wringing that typifies a lot of advocacy papers. It is free of educational jargon, but in case any reader is confused by the terminology used, there is a useful glossary of arts education terms and notes which reveal the academic sources of assertions made. In one way, this book follows on from Hetland, Winner, Veneema and Sheridan's recent publication (2007) and could be said to be from the same 'stable' - located within Harvard Project Zero. The 'unique features' cited by Jessica Davis in this book can be seen to be related to the 'studio... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 13, 2008
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  • Richard Hickman
    University of Cambridge
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    RICHARD HICKMAN is Reader in Art Education in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education where he is course leader for initial teacher training in Art & Design. His teaching experience includes 13 years as a teacher of art and design and as a lecturer in art and design education since 1985. Richard is author of Why We Make Art and Why it is Taught (Intellect, 2005); he edited Research in Art Education (Intellect, 2008), Art Education 11-18, (Continuum, 2004) and Critical Studies in Art & Design Education (Intellect, 2005). He has had six solo exhibitions of his paintings and has exhibited in England, France, Singapore and Australia. Contact address: University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, Hills Rd Cambridge CB2 2PQ, UK.
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