ERIC Number: ED403664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Envisioning Process as Content: Toward a Renaissance Curriculum.
Costa, Arthur L., Ed.; Liebmann, Rosemarie M., Ed.
Most restructuring efforts focus on changing the "how" of education. The articles in this book argue that redesign of the curriculum--the "what" of education--should be the main component of school revisioning. The book proposes a new framework for learning communities that views life as an intellectual and personal quest for knowledge and meaning. The authors draw on their research, theoretical, and practical experiences to examine several curricular areas from a process orientation; they describe reading, writing, mathematics, foreign languages, and creativity in terms of the processes they incorporate. Science, history, and aesthetics are presented as modes of inquiry. Following the foreword by Peter M. Senge and the prefaces by Arthur L. Costa and Rosemarie M. Liebmann, the chapters include: (1) "Toward Renaissance Curriculum: An Idea Whose Time Has Come" (Arthur L. Costa and Rosemarie M. Liebmann); (2) "Difficulties with the Disciplines" (Arthur L. Costa and Rosemarie M. Liebmann); (3) "Shifting Paradigms from Either/Or to Both/And" (Arthur L. Costa and Rosemarie L. Liebmann); (4) "Curriculum: A Decision-Making Process" (Arthur L. Costa); (5) "How Process Is Connected with the Human Spirit" (Rosemarie M. Liebmann); (6) "Process as Content" (Nancy Skerritt); (7) "Reading as a Thinking Process" (Ruth M. Loring); (8) "Mathematics Is Process Education" (Carol T. Lloyd); (9) "Teaching the Process of Aesthetic Knowing and Representation" (James G. Henderson and David M. Dees); (10) "Science as Inquiry: Transforming Science Education" (Donald B. Young); (11)"Paper Thinking: The Process of Writing" Peggy M. Luidens); (12) "Learning Creative Process: A Basic Life Skill" (Alison G. Strickland and Louis T. Coulson): (13) "Historical Inquiry" (Martha I. Turner and Merv Akin); (14) "Above the Word: When Process Is Content in Foreign Language Teaching" (Virginia Pauline Rojas); and (15) "Humor as Process" (John Dyer). The summary chapter, "The Essence: Process as Content," is by Louis Rubin. Eight tables and 17 figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Lifelong Learning, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6310-6, $27.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-8039-6309-2, $59.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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