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    Overview: Perspectives on Art EducationAuthor(s): Hilda Present LewisSource: Art Education, Vol. 41, No. 6 (Nov., 1988), pp. 4-5Published by: National Art Education AssociationStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3193082 .Accessed: 16/06/2014 01:44

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  • Perspectives on Art Education

    A rt Education is a marketplace of ideas. In it you might find exactly what you need. I hope you do. You might also find ideas that are well-crafted and well-presented but designed with someone else in mind. That is to be expected. You will certainly find ideas you accept and ideas you reject. The Editor and the Board keep your needs and interests in mind as they select the best of

    the hundreds of manuscripts received. The reviewers evaluate each manuscript submission guided by the following criteria: Is the manuscript concise, clearly written, and well-organized? Is the subject matter timely and significant? Does the manuscript develop new, meaningful ideas, or does it simply report old ones, previously used

    in Art Education? Are the concepts presented in an interesting manner; is it well written? Is the coverage of the topic appropriate though readable to our diverse audience? Are the data offered contemporary and accurate? Is the manuscript too long and rambling; is it worth editing? Is it better suited to another publication; if so, which one? Should it be returned for revisions? Would specific visual material enhance the presentation? All in all, does the manuscript merit editorial space? We expect a decent correlation between the judgement of the reviewers and the judgement of the readers

    but not a perfect one. Not one expects readers to accept every idea they encounter here. If that was our goal the journal would

    be dull indeed. If you disagree with an author you can write a letter to the Editor, as David Burton has done in this issue. Or you can use the As I See It feature to reply in depth, as Elliot Eisner has done. Material for these features need not undergo review and are published as quickly as possible.

    In my opinion the selection process works well. But we need additional reviewers. With a large and growing number of manuscripts and a fixed number of Board members the demands get greater and greater. We are now establishing a Review Panel to help the Board review manuscripts as the need arises. If you are interested in being part of the Panel or wish to nominate someone, please send me a note and, if possible, a resume. Preference will be given to NAEA members who have contributed to our journals or have been active in the Association.

    In this issue five articles look at art education from different perspectives. Heta Kauppinen, writing about discussing art with older adults, urges educators to make use of the richness of life experience that older people bring to art and at the same time offer to help them see and understand the symbols, literary themes, and metaphors imbedded in each work. Doug Blandy and Kristin G. Congdon relate how a multicultural symposium in the arts provided an opportunity for students to broaden their views on the arts of diverse cultures. Betty LaDuke provides a portrait of Princess Elizabeth Olowu, daughter of the oba (king) of Benin, who broke the sex barrier to become the first woman on the sculpture faculty at Benin University. Peter Smith talks about a little-known chapter in the life of Viktor Lowenfeld, the period when having escaped from the Nazi s, he came to America and found a job in a segregated Southern college. Peter London argues that false assumptions have kept art education on the fringes of the school curriculum and suggests that the tenets of art therapy become the philosophic basis for transforming the self and society through art. In addition, Robert Saunders reviews Art Education Here, edited by Diana Korzenik and published by the Massachusetts College of Art to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of its founder and first director, the legendary Walter Smith.

    Hilda Present Lewis Editor

    4 Art Education/November 1988

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  • Hispanic boy making string ornament at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Photo by Vivenne della Grotta. ? Vivienne della Grotta 1979

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    Issue Table of ContentsArt Education, Vol. 41, No. 6 (Nov., 1988), pp. 1-54Front Matter [pp.1-3]Overview: Perspectives on Art Education [pp.4-5]Letters to the Editor [p.6]As I See ItDiscipline-Based Art Education: Its Criticisms and Its Critics [pp.7-13]

    Discussing Art with Older Adults [pp.14-19]Multi-Cultural Art Education a Multi-Cultural Symposium on Appreciating and Understanding the Arts [pp.20-24]Instructional Resources: Issues in Public Sculpture [pp.25-32]Nigeria: Princess Elizabeth Olowu, Zero Hour [pp.33-37]The Hampton Years: Lowenfeld's Forgotten Legacy [pp.38-43]Art Therapy's Contribution to Art Education: Towards Meaning, Not Decoration [pp.44-48]Reviewuntitled [p.50]

    Back Matter [pp.49-54]