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What is Understading? Who Needs Art Education Now?

October 5, 2010

Lois Hetland ’75, professor of art education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and research associate for Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will return to campus October 14th and 15th to give a series lectures on various aspects of art education.

What is education for? Project Zero, an educational think-tank founded in 1967 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, places “understanding” high on that list. But what is understanding, and why does it rise so high in importance? This workshop explores the ordinary language meaning of that concept through audience interaction and the rationale for placing understanding at the core and the fore of educational practice, PreK-graduate school. Join Lois Hetland for this interactive workshop. R.S.V.P. by Monday, October 11 on the Career Engagement Center website.

The kind of education now traditional in schools arose in response to the industrial revolution — but the 21st century context is shifting what society needs from the educational process. The role of art has also continued to evolve, taking all disciplines and topics as its subject matter, and often serving as a voice meant to alert attention and guide decisions and actions. So what role might art education play in schools of the 21st century, and what might it offer to every child’s development?

She will also discuss the various pathways for students to develop careers in art education. Dinner is provided and space is limited. R.S.V.P. by Monday, Oct. 11, on the Career Engagement Center website.

These opportunities are sponsored by the Beta Omicron Distinguished Alumni Visitors Program.

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