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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art Teaching: Simple Facts about Complex Activities

Volume 10.3   1991

GRAY, JAMES U & MACGREGOR, RONALD N

 

This essay describes five case-studies conducted in Canada designed to inform anyone associated with art, design and craft on what constitutes the outlooks and activities of art teachers. The intention is to promote some useful insights about the nature of curriculum and instruction, and make public some of the private concerns and aspirations of the classroom practitioner. The findings raise some disturbing issues concerning the relationship between theory and practice (taken for granted as fundamental to curriculum planning since the 19th century), showing it to be anything but obvious in the classroom. For the practitioner, more often than not the case studies reveal, the links are little more than coincidental.