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ERIC Number: EJ1002471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
A New Pedagogy Employs an Old Friend: Beauty and the Quality of Ideas
Shoaf, Robb W.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v46 n2 p36-42 Sum 2012
The thesis of the present paper is that collaboration is not only critical to the work of education at large but may function more effectively when it is conceived as an aesthetic enterprise. The counterintuitive claim of this paper is that an aesthetic perspective will both broaden one's perspective and sharpen one's focus in addressing both the acquisition and application of knowledge to real life situations and problems. This requires an aesthetic epistemology that seeks knowledge without automatically making a distinction between the value of objective and subjective perspectives. The reason is the need for commensurability among and between participants and disciplines. It is not a case of oversimplification but rather a recognition of the dynamic richness of complexity that lies in front as one attempts to gain and use knowledge. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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