Committee ChairRhoades, Gary
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn 1982, the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, an operating entity of a private foundation, began to promote discipline-based art education (DBAE), a newly-articulated paradigm that had evolved within the art education field over the previous twenty years. The new paradigm, which advocated balanced and sequential instruction in aesthetics, criticism, art history, and studio production across the grades, contrasted sharply with traditional practice that focused on the student's innate creativity and expressiveness. A controversy ensued as the Getty Center and the National Art Education Association, the field's professional affiliation, each tried to advance a definition of art education practice. Rather than focusing on the contentious paradigms, this dissertation considers the Getty Center's activities on behalf of DBAE as an instance of professional challenge. Working from the sociological literature on professions and using a time series of selected Getty and NAEA documents published between 1985 and 1989, this study examines the dialectic between the Getty and the art education field and NAEA as each tries to garner sufficient legitimacy to establish its prescribed form of art education practice. The dissertation offers a new perspective for the art education field and refines professionalization literature by describing the process of professional challenge.
Degree ProgramHigher Education