Recovering aesthetics in teaching : beauty informed with love

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

Abstract: This dissertation looks at teaching through an aesthetic lens that brings the classroom into focus as a living composition of active and loving relationship. As the dimension of its form unfolds, it reveals the full and inclusive nature of aesthetics: that which embraces and celebrates the design of a teacher as a loving artist within the space of the classroom. The first chapter begins by holding the context of this learning space up to the light of the current trends in educational reform. The aesthetic voice confronts methodical systems that market step by step teaching practices. Teacher-as-artist questions whether mandated goals and objectives of efficient instruction muffle the learning sounds of awe and wonder. The voices of educators from a variety of disciplines are heard in Chapter II as they consider the presence of artistry in all classrooms. The composition of this chapter reveals that so much more than mastery of subject matter goes on within these rooms where students and teachers come together everyday to learn with and from one another. It recovers the active etymological root of the noun, "classroom," transforming it into a summoning or calling to make room for possibility and change.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Classroom environment $x Psychological aspects
Creative thinking

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