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ERIC Number: EJ1145707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-15
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
A Reason to Respond: Finding Agency through the Arts
Griffin, Shelley M.; Rowsell, Jennifer; Winters, Kari-Lynn; Vietgen, Peter; McLauchlan, Debra; McQueen-Fuentes, Glenys
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v18 n25 Jun 2017
The arts have long been known as a central medium for nurturing artistic expression and aesthetic responses. Notions of arts-based teaching are combined with concepts of literacy and composition, focusing on the fact that these separate fields have the potential for relational meaning making. In this article, three arts-based, qualitative research inquiries are featured within a larger, one-year "Community Arts Zone" (CAZ) research project involving eight projects across four international sites. Findings from the three inquiries in music, visual arts, and drama highlight that responsive meaning making foregrounds aesthetics to create agentive learning environments. By providing students agency in their artistic expressions, there is the hopeful prospect of working in and across various modes to cultivate meaningful learning experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Colorado (Boulder); New York (Rochester); United Kingdom
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