thought i would bring to your attention the passing of an important
figure in the contempary steam discussion
Friday, August 25, 2017
Dr. James Catterall, Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Faculty
at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at
the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), founder of the
Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC), and author of Doing Well
and Doing Good by Doing Art: The Effects of Education in the Visual
and Performing Arts on the Achievements and Values of Young Adults
passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
Professor Catterall built his career on the inquiry of creativity and
produced pervasive works that fueled the advancement of arts and arts
education friendly policies in the United States and around the world.
His seminal piece of work, Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art was
published in 2009 and has been used by advocates in their efforts to
ensure equitable access to arts education for every student. The
research conducted a longitudinal study of middle schoolers who were
exposed to quality arts education and tracked them into early
adulthood, strongly connecting arts learning with both general
academic success and prosocial outcomes.
Professor Catterall regularly engaged with members of the field of
arts education to pursue important research questions about the impact
of arts education, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the
Arts Education Partnership, members of Americans for the Arts such as
Inner City Arts, Get Lit, and the Educational Theatre Association, and
authored a piece with Americans for the Arts in 1999: "Involvement in
the Arts and Success in Secondary School." He has also been a speaker
at many of Americans for the Arts' events.
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