The Arts and Critical Thinking in American Education


The arts are truly "adventures of the mind." Yet, except for a fortunate but relatively small number, even the more educated and sophisticated segments of U.S. society are hardly able to relate to the arts. This book stresses that the arts are cognitive and affective essentials in human development. It provides a thousand year overview of some of the foundational thinking on aesthetic processes and the mind, and then focuses on the critical thinking mechanics and the processes such as aesthetic awareness, cognition, imagery, and the psyche. The book ends with a discussion of aesthetics, cultural literacy, school reform, and teaching approaches.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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