International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art and Science in Education: The Common Ground

Volume 17.1   1998



Recent work aimed at establishing a rational, objective basis for aesthetics and the arts repudiates the division between the 'two cultures' but far from weakening this cultural division, such writing and research has reinforced it. There is and always has been significant common ground between art and science, encompassing not only issues of mutual concern but also modes of enquiry, many of which are far more similar than seems commonly to be supposed. A consideration of some of the similarities and differences show no fundamental division between them: both are part of one culture, not paradigms of two. This observation leads to ideas on the possible re-integration of art and science in education, particularly through development of observation and common curriculum content.