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Caribbean Journal of Education

Art with a Social Purpose: Projects for Jamaican Secondary Schools

Publication Date: 
April 1977

In preparing this article I chose six social functions of art and planned three sample lessons for each. The lessons are aimed at helping secondary school students understand these functions by actually trying to put them into practice. Each set of lessons is preceded by a short description of the social function of art the lessons are intended to illustrate. The lessons are intended as samples of the possibilities which exist. A number of these ideas have been tried — with very satisfying results — by some of my own interns here at Church Teachers’ College. The teacher who would like to experiment with these ideas is encouraged to adapt them to his own situation and interests and to extend them as far as is suggested by his own imagination and creativity.

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