The 50th Anniversary of the textbook Children and Their Art by Charles Gaitskill, Al Hurwitz and Mickey Day (in later editions) was celebrated. This makes Children and Their Art the art education text with the greatest longevity. It was the most read and least quoted text in the field as opposed to John Dewey who was the most quoted least read figure in art education.
Under NAEA sponsorship, Elliot W. Eisner and Michael Day edited the Handbook for Research and Policy in Art Education. At 879 pages it is the most compendious book published in art education. Its 36 chapters and 30 contributors cover major issues from history and assessment to speculations on the future of art education.
Charles D. Gaitskell published Children and Their Art. His wife Margaret was the major researcher of the book. It offered the most complete treatment of the methodology of art education to date. In addition to dealing with diversity of art media. Gaitskell dealt with the history of art education developmental stages and the teaching of art appreciation. The book will go through eight editions as the content is expanded. The revisions are by Al Hurwitz and Michael Day. Children and their art was arguably the most widely read and least quoted textbook in art education. Kunjlata Desai in Developmental Stages in Drawing Cow paralleled Florence Goodenough's research on the treatment of the human figure.