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ERIC Number: EJ1011378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May-15
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Toward Meaningful Education: Investigating Artful Behavior as a Human Proclivity in the Classroom
Blatt-Gross, Carolina
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v14 n7 May 2013
Because students spontaneously exhibit aesthetic and rhythmic acts in the classroom and human beings across the world have engaged in the arts for thousands of years, this study argues that artful behavior represents an inherent and significant human proclivity. Exploring the tension between the human predisposition and the physical and mental limitations of traditional formal education, this cross-disciplinary study seeks to understand how artful behaviors might represent an intrinsic part of human nature and how such proclivities might inform educational policy and practice. Based on an ethological understanding of art (that is, as a behavior rather than an object), this research employs an interpretivist lens and phenomenological design. Data collection methods include observation, participant observation, and teacher interviews in a pre-kindergarten and third grade classroom of an urban public school system. Ultimately, this study aims to understand artful behaviors as they are embedded in educational contexts with the intent of bridging the gap between our natural inclinations for learning and the methods utilized in mainstream education. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Education; Primary Education; Grade 3
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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