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The Richness of Art Education

Reflective Thinking Through Collaborative Inquiry

2008 - 136 pages

Howard Cannatella

ISBN Paperback: 9789087906078 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789087906085 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789087906092

Subject: Art Education, Educational Theory, Philosophy of Education

Number 23 of the series: Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice

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This book is intended for anyone interested in knowing more about arts education. It makes a daring contribution to the subject in a clear, pragmatic, committed and ambitious way. The book discusses thoroughly the theory and practice of arts education and what it means to be a teacher of art. It is a powerful and inspiring account of the challenges of teaching in the arts that will appeal to anyone in the teaching profession. With clarity and engagement the Richness of Arts Education addresses what it means to be a teacher in the arts. Familiarity and knowledge of teaching is checked by the constant relevant examples that the book critically explores. The book rethinks some of the real ground of teaching in the arts and encourages a deeper understanding of them. Primary and secondary teachers, college and university teachers and policy makers will find this book formidable. It is a book for today and tomorrow. Howard Canatella’s The Richness of Art Education provides a deep philosophical engagement with the arts and art education. And if that were not enough, it also provides a sustained discussion of the ways in which art education enriches our philosophical understanding of the arts specifically, education certainly, but also some key issues within philosophy itself. In other words, Canatella adequately demonstrates the riches that art education entails. While the key figures he engages with do not encompass the entire range of possible philosophical perspectives that could be brought to bear on the field of art education—an impossible task in any case—he engages each figure deeply. The scholarly literature in each section is thoroughly explored to highlight the thesis that holds the entire project together—the deeply textured quality of art education and the many benefits that we can derive thereof. This should be a valuable book to art teachers no doubt, but to educators and philosophers too.
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