Creative Arts in Education/Human Development


Eisner, E.W. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Fowler, C. (1996). Strong Arts Strong Schools. New York: Oxord University Press.

Jackson, R., ed. (2006). Holistic Special Education: Camphill Principles and Practice. Edinburgh: Floris Books. This one details the programming of the Camphill Rudolph Steiner School in Aberdeen Scotland. This approach to special education, among other things, incorporates creative arts and their therapies into the core of its curriculum. Each chapter, written by a different contributor, identifies the philosophies and methods utilized within its area, andn provides case study examples. Makes for fascinating and enjoyable reading.

Jensen, E. (2001). Arts With the Brain in Mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A quick but informative series of summaries of how the various arts forms inmpact education and neurological/brain development. Good beginning resource/intro to the field.

King, N. (1996). Playing Their Part: Language and Learning in the Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Drama.

Sheridan, S.R. (1997). Drawing/Writing and the New Literacy. Drawing/Writing Publications.
Sheridan, S.R. (in press). The Scribble Hypothesis: How Marks Change Minds. I first ran across this as a paper online. I think it's mind-blowing stuff. Sheridan uses her previous work in conjunction with neuroscience and neuroscience imaging to make the case that children's scribbles not only help with focus and attention, they are a direct outward symbol of inward neurological phenomena. The paper can be found at http://drawingwriting.com/scribble.html .


Arts Education Policy Review (2001). REAP: How Good a Harvest? Symposium on the Reviewing Education and the Arts Project, 102(5).

Deasy, R.J., ed. (2002). Critical Links:Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development. Compendium commissioned by the Arts Education Partnership's Task Force on Research. Massive amount of relevant research and findings in all areas of the creative arts. The drama section provides summaries for 19 studies, plus an essay by James Catterall that summarizes the studies and points out gaps in the field that need further study and attention.

Journal of Aesthetic Education Special Edition (2000). The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the Evidence Shows, 34(3-4).

National Arts and Disability Center. (2000). Promoting Creative Power: Selected Papers from the ATA and Coalition Partners Conference, May 1999, LA.

Winner, E. & Hetland, L., eds. (2000). Beyond the Soundbite: Arts Education and Academic Outcomes. Conference Proceedings. LA: The Getty Center.

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