Between Public and Private:
Negotiating the Location of Art Education
University of Alberta
Citation: Wallin, Jason. (2007). Between public and private: Negotiating
the location of art education. International Journal of Education & the
Arts, 8(3). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v8n3/.
This article seeks to articulate developing trends in art education and
practice, locating such movements within the broader cultural contexts of
globalization, neoliberal capitalism, and postmodernity. Against this more
general synopsis, the autobiographical position of the author as a student
and teacher of art will be elucidated as inextricably entwined with such
cultural movements. This entwinement will be understood both in terms of
its capacity to "position" the subject, and yet concomitantly as a site of
disavowal, refusal, and subjective agency. In this manner, the personal
commitment of the author to art education will be developed in a way to
implicate early school and familial experiences with art. Such early
autobiographical experiences arguably form the coordinates of our
identities as art educators, and similarly, constitute the key issues with
which we must necessarily grapple in pedagogical practice. It is in
negotiation with such issues and early enculturation that this article argues
our relationship to art curriculum and practice is located.
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