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ERIC Number: ED129657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 36
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The Aesthetic Experience: An Historical Review and Behavioral Hierarchy.
Du Terroil, Anna M.
This analysis of aesthetic appreciation provides a theoretical model to help teachers recognize the aesthetic level at which students are operating. The purpose of the study is to explain to art educators how to expand a student's capacity to appreciate works of art. The study is presented in two parts. Part I describes and evaluates theories of aesthetics from the early Greek philosophers to present day theorists. Part II delineates three dimensions of aesthetic response. The first dimension, "perception," includes the attention of the observer and his orientation toward the art object. The second dimension, "cognition," includes meditation on the work and an integration process whereby the significance of the work is internalized. The final dimension, "modification," encompasses assimilation of the aesthetic experience and a final transformation process which reorders or reinforces the value system of the viewer in response to the confrontation. References from the fields of psychology, aesthetics, philosophy, and art appreciation are included. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Books
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