What If? Art Education beyond Expression and Creativity

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This chapter offers 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 instrumentalization of the arts in education and the Charybdis of educational expressivism. The educational significance of the arts, and perhaps the educational urgency of the arts, lies in art education beyond expressivism and creativity. On the assumption that education needs to be concerned with the ways in which children and young people can be encouraged to exist in and with the world in a grown‐up way, the chapter explores the potential of the arts in meeting the world, meeting one's desires toward the world, and working through the transformation of desires so that they can sustain grown‐up ways of existing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education
EditorsRichard Hickman, John Baldacchino, Kerry Freedman, Emese Hall, Nigel Meager
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781118978061
ISBN (Print)9781118978078
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jan 2019


  • anti-expressivism
  • anti-instrumentalism
  • art
  • desirability
  • desires
  • education
  • grown-up-ness
  • resistance
  • world-centred education


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