The purpose of this paper is to examine types of academic reality in graduate education and how the accepted ones come to be considered as exclusionary and correct ways to understand the field of art education. It is proposed that socialization processes in graduate programs offer attractive rewards to those who become proficient in the manipulation of selected types of knowledge construction and modes of inquiry. The following aspects are discussed in terms of how they contribute toward the shaping of academic consciousness: (1) socialization procedures of graduate art education, (2) the failure of even reflexive modes of inquiry to make graduate experiences relative, and (3) assumptions shared by art educators and other New Class intellectuals. The socialization procedures of graduate art education are discussed within the framework of a social theory of knowledge distribution.
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