Art Education : The Importance Of The Arts And Education

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The arts have a long and storied past in the United States. Through the years the arts have ranged from a luxury to a staple, rising and falling in interest and availability based on public opinion (Heilig, Cole, & Aguilar, 2010). Despite the rocky road the arts have faced, they never disappear completely. Art supporters hope to one day see a society that values the arts, and for the need to arts advocacy to vanish.
Art education has many intangible benefits. Through the arts students learn how to express their thoughts and feelings about their personal and community identity. Students are encouraged to utilize creative problem solving though the design and implementation of new ideas. Students learn perseverance and mental fortitude through reflection and critique (Ulbricht, 2002). While art advocates understand these intangibles, the general public often needs to see tangible outcomes.
Studying the transfer of learning in the arts, is often not well received by art purists who believe the value of art education can and should be found in itself. Still other art advocates have found that the study of transfer has aided in gaining public support and garnering significant resources. Thus, transfer in the arts is a high interest and often heated topic. The intricate relationship between the arts and student learning has proven to be ripe with research but in demand of more (Catterall, 2002).
The post No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era has left the art education field in a

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