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The Art Education of Elementary-School Teachers

by Coretta Mitchell - 1965

Some interesting facts about who teaches art in the elementary schools are revealed in the National Education Association Research Division's recent study, Music and Art in the Public Schools.1 In well over half the schools surveyed, elementary-classroom teachers alone were responsible for the teaching of art. Art teachers helped classroom teachers in about one-fourth of the schools and taught art alone in less than I o per cent of them. If there ha'd been any doubt, the survey makes it very clear that elementary-schoQl teachers, not art teachers, have the major responsibility and influence in guiding the development of young children's artistic conceptions and skills. What children learn about art from these teachers during their formative years in the elementary schools will have deep, perhaps permanent, effects on their attitudes and attainments in art.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 64, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 10, 1965, p. 221-242
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19717, Date Accessed: 4/3/2020 3:55:28 AM

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