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Title:Art education and cultural imperatives
Author:Akolo, J.B.
Periodical:Nigeria Magazine
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:art education
Abstract:In discussing art education and cultural essentials, this paper supports the idea that art cannot be effectively taught unless its nature is explicitly stated. Art is, therefore, defined from the points of view of the aesthete and the practising artist, both globally and in the Nigerian context. Education is not only defined but it is also related to Nigeria's National Policy on Education (1981). The objectives of art education programmes from the level of preprimary school through to university are stated and reviewed with regard to what African and Nigerian artists hold that art education should be. In addition, the objectives of art education which are common across time are identified and analysed according to Bloom's taxonomy extended by Gagne and Briggs (1979) and Hannum (1980). In summary, it is believed that art education cannot afford to be limited in scope. However, it is noted that the Nigerian art heritage will have to be transmitted in the school system or otherwise a stage will come when it will be on display only in European and American museums. Bibliogr.