What if? Art education beyond expression and creativity

Gert Biesta*

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This chapter provides some reflections on the potential of the arts for navigating the complex realities of contemporary education, steering a course in between the Scylla of the high instrumentalisation of the arts in education. The educational significance of the arts, and perhaps the educational urgency of the arts, lies in art education beyond expressivism and creativity. The argument about the potential disappearance of art from art education is relatively easy to establish, as it is visible in the ongoing presence of instrumental justifications for the arts in education. Education should be concerned with questions about the right voice, the right creativity and the right identity, but an entirely different matter to determine what would count as right. In some cases religious and spiritual powers were supposed to be able to provide final answers to questions about life, living and human destiny.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt, Artists and Pedagogy
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophy and the Arts in Education
EditorsChristopher Naughton, Gert Biesta, David R. Cole
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351387361
ISBN (Print)9781138500518
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017


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