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Introduction: Visual and Performing Arts


This section of the ASCD Curriculum Handbook is organized in four subsections that provide the basic resources needed to renew the visual and performing arts area of the curriculum.

  • “An Arts-Based Education: A Vision for the Future of Education” summarizes the current state of practice and reform initiatives currently underway.
  • “Evaluation and Assessment in the Arts,” an essay by a distinguished educator in the arts, supports the philosophy that assessment should inform instruction.
  • “Principles of Effective Practice” presents a set of principles developed by a panel of distinguished arts educators. Each principle presents an aspect of the visual and performing arts curriculum. These principles can be used to resolve questions about appropriate practice, and to identify topics within the local curriculum that may require special attention.
  • “A Comprehensive Arts Curriculum Model” lays a foundation for policy planning in the arts. It may be most useful as a strategic planning document or as a vision of the future that shapes planning for staff development and curriculum policy.

Contributors to Visual and Performing Arts Education

Peggy Bennett, University of Texas at Arlington, UTA Music Department, Arlington, Texas

Lyle Davidson, Project Zero, PROPEL, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dustin Davis, Department of Visual Arts, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland

Ginny Graves, Center for Understanding the Built Environment, Prairie Village, Kansas

Luke Kahlich, Professor of Dance and Theatre, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Brian Moore, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

Bernadette C. O'Brien, Executive Director, Business and Industry for the Arts in Education, Inc., Glen Rock, New Jersey, Learning to Read Through the Arts, New York, New York

Mary Palmer, Professor of Music Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Bernard Schwartz, Professor, Art/Elementary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Kent Seidel, Director of Teacher Services and Advocacy, Educational Theatre Association, Cincinnati, Ohio

Doug Selwyn, Third Grade Teacher, Green Lake Elementary School, Seattle, Washington


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