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ERIC Number: ED440917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge: The Geography of Social/Cultural Transitions.
Korn, Carol
This paper proposes that creativity (and the arts in teacher education) can serve yet another function: that of awakening students to the cultural lives they already inhabit in their diverse communities, while connecting them to other possible worlds and ways of being. The paper takes up the transitions that students make in coming to Brooklyn College, and examines the borders they cross in their journeys from home to school and from school to New York City's cultural institutions. It states that the oral history/storytelling project, developed for the undergraduate course, "Education and Literacy," is used to illustrate the role of transitions in the students' lives and in the lives of those whose stories they tell, as well as the place of cultural stories in the classroom. The paper draws on the students' experiences in this course with the Lincoln Center Institute and the Museum of Modern Art, an initiative that represents the kinds of transitions to the wider cultural and social worlds they will, in turn, introduce their own students to when they become teachers. The paper considers the developmental, social, and cultural transitions that teacher education students make as they become teachers, and how these transitions are further complicated when the students are recent arrivals to the United States. It addresses the chasm between student expectation of place and continuity of experience, and faculty desire to transform fixed classrooms into spaces for exploration and transformation. (Contains 21 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)