ERIC Number: EJ1039302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Beyond Traditional Art Education: Transformative Lifelong Learning in Community-Based Settings with Older Adults
Lawton, Pamela Harris; La Porte, Angela M.
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v54 n4 p310-320 Sum 2013
Quality community-based art education programs for older adults over the age of 50 should exploit the broad range of interests and cognitive abilities of participants by utilizing adult education theory, brain research, and the best practices of adult art education programs. We consider a developing paradigm on the cognitive abilities of the mature mind and incorporate transformative learning theory to engage the creative potential of older adults participating in these art programs. Older adults have a wealth of knowledge and experience, a broad range of interests and cognitive abilities, and a unique vantage point: the wisdom acquired with age. The reinterpreting of past experiences and understanding them in a new way may provide meaningful creative inspiration. Transformative experiences can occur for adults across cultures and generations through activities such as storytelling, social interaction, and collaborative artmaking.
Descriptors: Art Education, Transformative Learning, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Community Education, Adult Education, Cognitive Ability, Intergenerational Programs, Andragogy, Empowerment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A