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Art Education in a Postmodern World

Collected Essays

This volume presents a series of papers concerned with the interrelations between the postmodern and the present state of art and design education. Spanning a range of thematic concerns, the book reflects upon existing practice and articulates revolutionary prospects potentially viable through a shift in educative thinking.

Many of the essays pinpoint the stagnancy of teaching methods today and discuss the reductive parameters enforced by the current curriculum. The radical tone that echoes through the entire series of papers is unmistakable. Throughout the book, postmodern theory informs the polemical debate concerning new directions in educative practice. Contributors shed new light on a postmodern view of art in education with emphasis upon difference, plurality and independence of mind. Ultimately, the paper provides a detailed insight into the various concepts that shape and drive the contemporary art world and expands the debate regarding the impression of postmodern thinking in art education.

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Table of Contents

John Steers
Introduction: Nailing Jelly: Art Education in a Postmodern World
Tom Hardy
Chapter 1: A Manifesto for Art in Schools
John Swift and John Steers
Chapter 2: Nick Stanley and Sarat Maharaj: A Discussion
Sarat Maharaj
Chapter 3: Censorship in Contemporary Art Education
Lee Emery
Chapter 4: Post-it Culture: Postmodernism and Art and Design Education
Stuart W MacDonald
Chapter 5: The Trouble with Postmodernism
Stuart W MacDonald
Chapter 6: Postmodern Feminisms: Problematic Paradigms
Lesley Burgess and Diane Reay
Chapter 7: The Knowing Body: Art as an Integrative System of Knowledge
John Danvers
Chapter 8: Postmodernism and the Art Curriculum: A New Subjectivity
Malcolm Miles
Chapter 9: Challenges to Art Education from Visual Culture Studies
Paul Duncum
Chapter 10: Who’s Afraid of Signs and Significations? Defending Semiotics in the Secondary Art and Design Curriculum
Nicholas Addison
Chapter 11: On Sampling the Pleasures of Visual Culture: Postmodernism and Art Education
Robin Marriner
Chapter 12: A Critical Reading of the National Curriculum for Art in the Light of Contemporary Theories of Subjectivity
Dennis Atkinson
Chapter 13: Assessment in Educational Practice: Forming Pedagogised Identities in the Art Curriculum
Dennis Atkinson
Notes on contributors 

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