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Working Together

A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership


Bernard W. Andrews

Partnerships among a variety of institutions – for profit, not-for-profit, and non-profit – are a relatively recent organizational development. Such partnerships link businesses, government, and social agencies. The primary reason for these relationships is to achieve goals sooner and more efficiently by building on the resources and expertise of each partner. In arts education, schools, arts organizations, cultural institutions, government agencies, and universities have engaged in joint ventures to improve the teaching and learning of the arts disciplines in their schools and in their communities. These partnerships have been particularly beneficial for teachers, many of whom have limited background in the arts but are expected to teach them in their classrooms. Arts partnerships initially focused on the goals of the participating organizations; that is, to develop artistic skills, to build future audiences, and/or to encourage young people to consider an artistic career. More recently, partnerships focus on educational goals rather than solely artistic ones. Despite the challenges and complexities of arts education partnerships, most partners believe that the benefits to students, teachers and the community outweigh the disadvantages and consequently, as the research in Working Together demonstrates, they are willing to justify the time, energy, and expense involved to improve the quality of arts education.


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Foreword vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xi A Note to the Reader xiii Introduction xv Chapter 1. Arts Partnerships in Education 1 Chapter 2. Research Methodology 15 Chapter 3. Partnership Issues 23 Chapter 4. Arts Integration 31 Chapter 5. Extrinsic Learning 43 Chapter 6. Arts Appreciation 51 Chapter 7. Replication 59 Chapter 8. Additional Comments 71 Chapter 9. Emerging Issues 75 Chapter 10. Parent Perspectives 85 Chapter 11. Discussion of Multiple Perspectives 93 Chapter 12. Coda 103 vi a case study of a national arts education partnership Appendices 105 Endnotes 147 References 149

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