Comprehensive Arts Education
Comprehensive arts education (also known as discipline-based arts education)
is a conceptual approach, not a prescribed curriculum. It is taught as
an essential component of general education and as a foundation for specialized
The goal of comprehensive arts education is to develop students
abilities to understand and appreciate the arts by:
- exploring the nature and meaning of the arts (aesthetics),
- responding to the arts (criticism),
- discovering contexts of artworks (history), and
- creating works of art (production and performance).
- written with sequentially organized content at all grade levels;
- developed around enduring ideas and works of art from Western and
non-Western cultures from ancient to contemporary times;
- structured to provide creative inquiry from four perspectives (aesthetics,
criticism, history, and production); and
- organized to increase student learning and understanding while recognizing
appropriate developmental levels.
Full implementation of a comprehensive arts education program is marked
- systematic and regular arts instruction, arts education expertise,
administrative support, and adequate resources; and
- student achievement and program effectiveness, which are confirmed
by appropriate evaluation criteria and procedures.
Blending teaching practices often thought of as separate, comprehensive
arts education expects instruction in the arts and in any art form
- include knowledge and skills in creating or performing, aesthetics,
criticism, and history and culture;
- integrate with other subjects around important themes or big ideas;
- use the set of practices that have come to be called constructivist
or inquiry-based and that adjust to the diverse learning
styles of students, especially those at risk of educational failure.
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