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In 2004 Professor Anne Bamford conducted the first international analysis of arts education research for UNESCO, in partnership with the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Australia Council.

Comparing data and case studies from more than 60 countries, the book analyses the differences between ‘education in the arts’ and ‘education through the arts’.

While appreciating that arts programmes are embedded in their unique social and cultural contexts, Professor Bamford develops internationally comparable standards for quality arts education.

In addition, she identifies a number of concrete educational, cultural, and social benefits of arts education.

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