Studies in Philosophical Realism in Art, Design and Education

  • Neil C. M. Brown

Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Development of Philosophical Realism in Art, Design and Education

  3. The Critical Application of Philosophical Realism to Concerns in Art, Design and Education

  4. Philosophical Realism and Its Implications for Practice in Art, Design and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Neil C. M. Brown
      Pages 233-242
    3. Neil C. M. Brown
      Pages 261-274
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 293-299

About this book


This book fills a gap in the literature of 21st century international visual arts education by providing a structured approach to understanding the benefits of Philosophical Realism in art education, an approach that has received little international attention until now. The framework as presented provides a powerful interface between research and practical reconceptualisations of critical issues and practice in the domains of art, design, and education that involve implications for curriculum in visual arts, teaching and learning, cognitive development, and creativity. The book extends understanding of Philosophical Realism in its practical application to teaching practice in visual arts in the way it relates to the fields of art, design, and education. Researchers, teacher educators and specialist art teachers are informed about how Philosophical Realism provides insights into art, design, and education. These insights vary from clearer knowledge about art to the examination of beliefs and assumptions about the art object. Readers learn how cognitive reflection, and social and practical reasoning in the classroom help cultivate students’ artistic performances, and understand how constraints function in students’ reasoning at different ages/stages of education.


Arts curriculum reform Arts education and assessment Arts teaching and practice Authenticity and assessment in arts education Beliefs about art objects Cognitive development and creativity Creativity as praxis Outcome statements and arts curriculum Philosophical arts education Realism and art education Visual arts eduation and conceptual terms Visual arts teaching Visual literacy

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil C. M. Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.East Balmain, NSWAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42904-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42906-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-4528
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0069
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