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New Creativity Paradigms

Arts Learning in the Digital Age


Kylie Peppler

Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, this book explores research indicating that youth are learning new ways to engage in the arts on their own time and according to their own interests. Digital technologies, such as production tools and social media, allow youth to create and share their art. Kylie Peppler urges educators and policy makers to take advantage of «arts learning opportunities» and imagine a school setting where young people are driven by their own interests, using tablets, computers, and other devices to produce visual arts, music composition, dance, and design. This book gives educators an understanding of what is happening with current digital technologies and the opportunities that exist to connect to youth practice, and raises questions about why we don’t use these opportunities more frequently.
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7. Challenges and Recommendations


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This report has uncovered five primary challenges to interest-driven arts learning in the 21st century:

1. Conceptualizing interest-driven arts learning in new media

2. Changing perceptions of youths’ interest-driven arts activities

3. Promoting equity in interest-driven arts learning opportunities

4. Designing interest-driven arts learning social networks

5. Inviting, sustaining, and supporting participation in arts activities

For each of these areas, we offer suggestions for future research, practice, and policy that build on what we know about interest-driven arts learning.

Challenge 1: Conceptualizing Interest-Driven Arts Learning in New Media

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