Publication Date: November 23, 2016
(Print Publication Date: June 14, 2002)
In this in-depth text, the preeminent art education scholar Arthur Efland not only sheds light on the problems inhibiting art education, but also demonstrates how art contributes to the overall development of the mind. Delineating how the development of artistic interests and ability is an important aspect of cognition and learning, he shows how art helps individuals construct cultural meaning, a crucial component of social communication—a foundation for lifelong learning that includes the arts.
In Art and Cognition, Arthur Efland:
Arthur D. Efland is Professor Emeritus, Department of Art Education, The Ohio State University, and is also the author of A History of Art Education: Intellectual and Social Currents in Teaching the Visual Arts (Teachers College Press) .
“This book is one of a kind. It reviews and analyzes different approaches to cognition in the visual arts and their various applications in art education. It is must reading for art educators and educators in general. Thoughtful, stimulating, far-reaching.”
—Michael Parsons, The Ohio State University
"Arthur Efland's Art and Cognition is, as we have come to expect from him, a fine contribution to the field of art education. It will be an important resource for scholars and students interested in the cognitive character of the visual arts."
— Elliot W. Eisner, School of Education, Stanford University