There are few individuals who have worked and published in art education for as many decades as Jerome Hausman. His essay “The Plastic Arts, History of Art, and Design—Currents Toward Identifying Content for Art Education” marked his contribution in the 1965 Seminar in Art Education for Research and Curriculum Development. For our essay, we utilize Hausman’s writing to gain insight toward our contemporary moment by revisiting the text through a narrative inquiry methodology we call paratextual dialogue. We encounter the voice of Hausman and enact his essay as a postmodern text through a conversational structure that collapses then and now. Hausman’s themes of change and advancement in contemporary art and society are broadly written. However, his work foreshadows a sense of anxiety within the field of art education over change in contemporary art education through the lens of technology, development of media arts standards, and the continuing separation of design practice from the art classroom.

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