Art Education in a Postmodern World (Book)

Collected Essays


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.

Hardy's book of essays is useful in that it helps the reader contextualize movements like visual culture as an initiative that has its roots in the postmodern cultural situation.' 

International Journal of Education through Art Arthur Efland
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