Volume 18 Review 3 August 27, 2017

A Review Essay: Preparing Educators for Arts Integration

Morna McDermott
Towson University, USA

Book Reviewed: Diaz, G. & McKenna, M.B (Eds). (2017). Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity as the Center of Learning. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. ISBN: 9780807758489.
Citation: McDermott, M. (2017). A review essay: Preparing Educators for Arts Integration. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18(Review 3). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v18r3/.


This 224-page book, woven together by editors Diaz and McKenna creates a five part tapestry of arts integration “success stories” from twenty-five different authors. This book offers an array of unique arts-based experiences, written from various geographical regions, and within diverse educational settings. In an era of the profit-driven standardized mentality of reform, the value of integrating creative arts into all aspects of education is in transforming “school culture” towards one that is more accessible, democratic, equitable, and empowering for the children we are dedicated to serving. The book provides recommendations for arts integration that are effective, strategic meaningful, and purposeful.

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