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This monograph seeks to encourage individuals to undertake historical research of art education. Divided into two broad categories (Resources and Conceptual Foundation), the essays provide introductory guidance on both mechanical and theoretical aspects of research for the new art education historical researcher. The seven works include: (1) Archives and Their Role in Art Education Research (Jerry Morris; Ralph Raunft), a basic explanation of resources; (2) Oral History: Recording Teaching Folklore and Folkways (Mary Stokrocki), a combination of theory and how-to-do-it on oral history; (3) History of Art Education Associations (John Michael), a personal account of the organization and production of a coherent history for non-academic readers; (4) Looking Back on Twenty Years of Graduate Students' Historical Research (Diana Korzenik), musings on the tasks of students finding their materials; (5) Matters of Choice: Historical Inquiry in Art Education (Paul Bolin), advice about the need for conceptualizing the research process; (6) So What: Interpretation in Art Education History (Mary Ann Stankiewicz), theoretical synthesis and analysis; and (7) Historical Research Methods for Art Educators (Arthur Efland), general insights on how to think about the task of the historian and on the weaknesses of history written without concern for context. The introduction includes a defense of the need for art education historians, and for these historians to give art educators a sense of their own role in the world and how it grew to be what it is. (DQE)

Descriptors: Area Studies, Art Education, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Historiography, Oral History, Research Methodology

Seminar for Research in Art Education (SRAE), Western Michigan University, Department of Art, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5188 (Hard Copy: $15); University of New Mexico, Art Education/Art Therapy, 106 Masley Hall, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (Diskette copy: $10).

Author: Smith, Peter, Ed.


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