Achievement and Quality: Higher Education in the Arts
This set of texts reflects a belief based on centuries of experience: The natures of the arts disciplines and the ways work is done in them dictate the basic principles and approaches necessary for achievement and quality in educational settings and in evaluation.
Works of the highest quality in the art forms are among the greatest human achievements. They exert significant influence on culture, often perpetually. They are the basis for research and scholarship in the arts and in many other fields.
Higher education has traditionally played a critical role in fostering achievement and building quality in the arts disciplines. Content and methods of instruction evolve over time, following and extending the natures of the various art forms and reflecting the general nature of art as a mode of thought and action. But a fundamental goal remains: to enable younger or less experienced artists to improve the quality of their work in order to achieve excellence.
Reaching this goal in higher education requires connecting achievement and quality with the arts in sophisticated ways based on the natures of fields and of the work being done.
This set of texts provides an introduction to the challenges inherent in considerations of achievement and quality, recognizing the presence of many complexities and points of view.
The information provided is in four parts:
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