Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Dr. Shana Cinquemani


This thesis is an investigation of how students can benefit through art and how visual arts educators can engage students in thinking about critical issues that are happening within contemporary society. Raising people’s awareness of the value of art, and especially urging to practice art better in schools’ curriculums are the starting point. This thesis includes looking at selective literature from Elliot Eisner, Charles Fowler, Mika Munakata and other educators and authors. The author also examines select contemporary practices in art education that occur in different settings, for example, in school, in gallery, in museum, and in community. The author argues that art is integral to the school curriculum and has the power to make impact and bring about change. This thesis identifies children as the next generation and society’s future. And through this thesis the author declares the importance within education of all subjects in children’s education and these importantly must include Art.

Included in

Art Education Commons



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