Art as idolatry or sacred possibility : a hermeneutic study of art education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sylvia Jean Wright (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: This investigation focuses on the problems of viewing education in the visual arts through a technological curricular framework that limits human potential and on the possibilities presented by expanding the art educator 1 s view of curricular decision-making through appropriating a moral aesthetic. Particular emphasis is given to the way a wholistic rationale honors both the dialectic between self and society and that between the self and one's sense of what it means to be fully human. A hermeneutic methodology (Ricoeur, 1978a) based upon this dual dialectic (Macdonald, 1978b) is used for this study because it allows the author to develop greater understanding of how a teacher's personal and professional realities are socially constructed (Berger & Luckmann, 1967) and how a critical and imaginative consciousness (Macdonald & Purpel, 1987) of this process might develop the necessary sense of agency for meeting her social responsibilities as an art educator.

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Language: English
Date: 1987
Art $x Study and teaching
Education $x Curricula
Education $x Philosophy

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