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Art Education in Practice Series

The Art Education in Practice Series is the single most comprehensive source for superior content in teacher education and professional development. Each contributor to this series is a nationally known expert on theory and practice in art education.

Using the Art Museum
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Using the Art Museum

How can the museum be incorporated into the school curriculum in a meaningful way? The author highlights examples of exemplary programs that engage students in meaningful ways and provides practical ideas for making your local art museum an exceptional education resource. Reproducible worksheets and checklists for planning your museum trips are included. 130 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. The Art Museum as a Resource
  2. Museum Field Trips
  3. Bringing the Museum to the Classroom
  4. Working with Museum Educators
  5. The Internet as a Museum Education Resource
  6. The History Museum and the Art Curriculum
  7. Promoting the Art Museum
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Thinking through Aesthetics
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Thinking through Aesthetics

Designed to encourage your students to ask questions about art, this book features a wealth of specific activities that facilitate philosophical inquiry and develop critical thinking skills. Activities for philosophical inquiry, and for introducing and practicing skills are included, as well as reproducible worksheets and activity pages. 128 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Children
  2. Aesthetic Theories and Philosophical Questions
  3. Wonder, Inquiry, and the Philosophical Dialogue
  4. Generating Questions for Philosophical Inquiry
  5. Activities for Philosophical Inquiry
  6. Activities for Introducing and Practicing Skills
  7. Philosophical Inquiry and the Art Curriculum
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Roots of Art Education Practice
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Roots of Art Education Practice

Readers will gain insights into the circumstances under which curricular practices originated and will better appreciate the beliefs that shape art education today. Meet some of the people who proposed and implemented the changes in the way art should be taught. Discover the origins of the focus on the elements of art and principles of design. 146 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Anyone Can Learn to Draw
  2. Freeing the Child through Art
  3. Every Girl or Boy Wants Something to Do
  4. Every Day a Festival
  5. We Aim at Order and Hope for Beauty
  6. The Aesthetic Culture of Pupils
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Teaching Meaning in Artmaking
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Teaching Meaning in Artmaking

Built on a constructivist philosophy of learning, this book explores ways of fostering inquiry and discovery in the studio classroom. The works of contemporary artists are used to help explain the role of big ideas and personal connections in artmaking. Tips on designing meaningful studio instruction and problem-solving strategies, and questions and practical strategies on “unpacking” the artmaking process are included. 160 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Big Ideas and Artmaking
  2. Personal Connections
  3. Building a Knowledge Base for Artmaking
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Setting Boundaries
  6. Designing Studio Instruction
  7. Ways of Working: Artist’s Practices
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Community Art in Action
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Community Art in Action

This resource shows how art education programs can be expanded to address community-based and cultural traditions. The text explains how art and aesthetic choices are at the heart of communities and discusses how folklife and community practices are associated with the natural and built environment, different occupations, recreational activities, and ethnic traditions. Activities for involving students in their local community traditions and ideas for expanding student awareness of traditions in communities around the world are included. 121 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction: Art in Everyday Life
  2. What Is a Community?
  3. Folklife and Community Practices
  4. Why Should Art Programs Focus on Community
  5. Art Programs Focusing on Natural and Built Environment
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Rethinking Curriculum in Art
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Rethinking Curriculum in Art

Research shows that thematic teaching across the curriculum significantly increases student engagement. This groundbreaking book gives concrete examples of how teachers can enhance their current lessons and studio activities by organizing them around meaningful, universal themes such as identity, conflict, and relationships. Step-by-step guidelines for selecting content and organizing art instruction, sample completed worksheets, and charts to guide curriculum planning are included. 162 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Rethinking Curriculum in Context
  3. Making It Count: Unit Foundations
  4. Making Choices: Selecting Lesson Content to Build on Unit Foundations
  5. Helping Students Learn: Instruction
  6. Targeting Understanding: Assessment and the Curriculum
  7. Art and Integrated Curriculum
  8. Visual Culture and the Curriculum
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Talking about Student Art
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Talking about Student Art

Sample critiques provide real classroom perspective on dealing with meaning, gender issues, influences, and more. General recommendations for interactive group critiques and judging student art round out this practical teacher’s resource. Realistic models for facilitating dialogue about art and samples of critical discussions and techniques on conducting successful studio critiques are included. 106 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Studio Concepts: As They Are and As They Could Be
  2. A Sampler of Critical Discussions
  3. Interpreting Student Art
  4. Judging Student Art
  5. General Recommendations for Interactive Group Critiques
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Gender Matters in Art Education
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Gender Matters in Art Education

This book translates the theory of gender equity into real practice in the art classroom. The authors provide a coherent review of the important research on gender equity in schools and demonstrate, through classroom-based examples, the unique opportunities that the art classroom provides for promoting gender equity for both boys and girls. Includes case studies on practicing gender equity in the classroom and strategies on supporting a gender-equitable climate in the artroom. 155 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Understanding Gender: In Society, School, and the Artroom
  2. Gender Matters: Views of Gender and How They Affect Art Students
  3. Gender Issues in Art and Visual Culture
  4. How Do Art and Visual Culture Shape Our Views of Gender?
  5. Transforming Curriculum to Foster Gender Equity
  6. Supporting a Gender-Equitable Climate in the Art Classroom
  7. Windows into Practice: Four Case Studies
  8. Gender Equity in the Ideal Art Classroom
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Assessment in Art Education
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Assessment in Art Education

This text details and evaluates a wide variety of performance assessment strategies, from portfolios and art journals to integrated performance options. Traditional methods, scoring and judging strategies, as well as formative and summative assessment styles are all explored. Strategies on how to combine assessment with art instruction and thorough explanations of educational assessment vocabulary and key concepts are included. 147 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction to Art Assessment
  2. Performance Assessment Strategies
  3. Traditional Strategies: Tests, Questionnaires, and Visual Identification
  4. Scoring and Judging Strategies
  5. Formative Assessment
  6. Summative Assessment
  7. Art Assessment Guideline
  8. Validity and Reliability
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Engaging Visual Culture
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Engaging Visual Culture

A guidebook for teachers to help students make sense of the pervasive flow of visual information shaping their worldview and way of being. By making students aware of the presence and power of visual culture, they are empowered to participate actively in constructing their own meanings. Reproducible handouts and worksheets include practical strategies for teaching each chapter. 162 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. Beliefs
  2. Definitions
  3. Processes
  4. Origins
  5. Codes
  6. Power
  7. Politics
  8. Stories
  9. Synthesis
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Differentiated Instruction in Art
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Differentiated Instruction in Art

Differentiated instruction has become increasingly important in classrooms across the country. This resource adapts the leading theories, ideas, and best practices specifically for art educators. Bring your teaching to a whole new level as Heather L. R. Fountain guides you through her own journey of incorporating effective methods into practice in the artroom. 221 pages, softcover

Table of Contents:

  1. What Is Differentiated Instruction?
  2. History and Foundations
  3. Why Teach This Way?
  4. One Teacher, Many Roles
  5. Getting Started
  6. Curriculum
  7. Differentiated Instruction in Action
  8. Tips for Success
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Art Education in Practice Series
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Art Education in Practice Series

The full library of books in the series that transforms education research into practical classroom strategies and is the most comprehensive source for superior content in teacher education and professional development.

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