This 15 page research paper should extend a theoretical position articulated in a reading, and utilize an in-‐depth literature review to explore and analyze a question, key concept, historical moment in the Arts Learning Field, or analyze an existing arts education organization or program according to best practices. The analysis should be grounded in the articles or approaches we study in class, from the reading list, or a published scholarly articles or books. Students must clearly state a research question, which is explored in the paper, provide examples in support of assertions, and draw upon publications in established journals, books, and reports. It should clearly state why are you are analyzing this organization, program, concept, or historical period, and contextual it within the arts learning sector.
This paper discusses why adult arts education matters, the state of the field including a description of types of programs, and the best practices arts administrators should be adopting to successfully engage adults in arts education. While the declining state of arts education has a huge effect on lifelong arts participation, there is little adult arts education programs that address this problem. Most adult arts education comes from higher education but not everyone can attend universities, while our educational system is often actually negatively affecting adults’ creativity. Other adult arts education include creative aging programming geared towards older adults and participatory arts, designed to widen the general arts audience. However, these programs are not based in best practices for adult education. This paper discusses four key best practices for adult arts education including student-centered curriculum based in life experiences, fostering a sense of shared authority between teachers and students, supporting the freedom to fail and experiment and lastly, providing a second chance at education through reflection.
The purpose of this exercise is to synthesize and articulate important concepts that we have examined so far related to the arts learning field. The next stage of class will focus on applying these concepts (as you will in your midterm and final).
I use the term “Best Practices” to indicate practices that have emerged in the field that are generally agreed represent critical applications of theory to practice.
What does the literature and the field say about best practices related to each of the areas designated. You will provide 1-‐2 sentences that answer/address the question and/or topic, and provide specific references (using APA citations) from the readings, class discussion, and your own research. Look at this as your opportunity to synthesize your understanding of what we have read and discussed so far, and to assess your learning. You will use this and apply your knowledge of best practices to the development of your arts education plan or your research paper.
1. I will explore arts education to better understand how the field intersects with my interests in community arts.
2. I will use this class to research adult education in the arts and find exemplar organizations working in this area.
3. I will continue to develop my ideas on how participatory arts can be an answer to declining arts education.
4. I will work to tie what I learn in this class into my research, such as looking at methods for teaching and facilitating creativity.
5. I will further my career search by expanding my knowledge of the arts education field and where I fit within it.