Art education professor co-authors book

January 19, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and affiliate professor of women's studies at Penn State; Michael J. Emme, associate professor of art education with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia; and jan jagodzinski, professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, co-authored "InCITE/InSIGHT/InSITE: Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, The First 25 Years." The book was published by the National Art Education Association, Reston, Va.

"InSIGHT/InCITE/InSITE" celebrates and critiques a quarter of a century of social theory in art education for significance to issues in the 21st century. The book begins with responding to the question "What is Social Theory?" and discusses this in terms of how the journal's authors over the past 25 years have defined social theory in art education practice. Following an introduction to social theory, three concepts frame the book: InCITE, InSIGHT, and InSITE.

InCITE is a section on ways that art educators incite action-through "Politicizing Culture" and "Complicating Criticism." InSIGHT concerns "Unique Views that are Now Mainstream Discourse" and "Unique Views that are Still Unique." The final section of the book, InSITE, in its critique of the past and forecast of potentially significant directions in art education advocates for a future critical visual art education involving new media and following dimensions lacking in general art education.

The 25 years of the journal represents a unique but strong voice in the field of art education. Parallel to changes in Marxist philosophy to radical philosophy and critical perspectives, and from Saussurean or Peircean semiotic practices of constructivist sign analysis to slippages between the signifier and the signified to create new possibilities, so too has social theory discourse in art education evolved. "InCITE/InSIGHT/InSITE: 25 Years of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education" documents that evolution and posits future directions.

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Editor's note:  jan jagodzinski's name is lowercase.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009