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The Challenge of Art to Psychology.

THE CHALLENGE OF ART TO PSYCHOLOGY. Seymour B. Sarason. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990. 188 pp., illustrated, hardbound, $25.00.

The author, an educational psychologist, attempts to answer the question that confronts so many art educators: Why does artistic activity, so vital and universal for young children, diminish drastically with the passing years? In his investigation, he encounters and explicates many of the obstacles that relegate art to a minor role in the educational process. Drawing heavily upon the philosophy of John Dewey and Henry Schaeffer-Simmern, with additional references to the ideas of Henry James, Elliot Eisner and B.F. Skinner, Sarason discusses psychological testing, teaching art and poetry to inner-city children, the failure of educational reform and other topics relevant to artistic expression in school and society. One of his chapter headings, "Intimidation and Learned Helplessness" suggests how and why children are denied their "birthright" of serious artistic activity.
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Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1991
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