Cultural Literacy and Arts Education

Cultural Literacy and Arts Education

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Thirteen experts in the visual arts, literature, music, dance, and theater responded to the arguments of E. D. Hirsch's qCultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Knowq, focusing particularily on his alarm at the serious slippage that has occurred in the background knowledge and information prerequisite for effective communication. These authorities addressed two questions: (1) What it means for people to be qliterateq (that is, able to understand communications and have relevant experiences) in various art forms? (2) What sorts of context should such individuals bring to their encounters with works in these art forms and what would that imply for arts education? The contributing specialists are E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Harry S. Broudy, Jerrold Levinson, Patti P. Gillespie, Walter H. Clark, Jr., John Adkins Richardson, Francis Sparshott, Clifton Olds, Marcia Muelder Eaton, Ronald Berman, Lucian Krukowski, Michael J. Parsons, and David J. Elliot. (KM)15, grasped well the situation: aquot;By 1950 drama was well-established as an elective course in most high schools. It was usually ... The NAERC draft seems interested in changing this situation, beginning at the fourth grade level. Under aquot; Goal IVanbsp;...

Title:Cultural Literacy and Arts Education
Author:Ralph Alexander Smith
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 1991


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