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ERIC Number: EJ1173406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1323-577X
Getting into Flow in the Arts Classroom: Research Findings and Implications for Practice
Mansour, Marianne; Martin, Andrew J.; Anderson, Michael; Gibson, Robyn
Educational Practice and Theory, v39 n2 p5-15 Nov 2017
Research has shown that participation in the arts at school and in the classroom has many academic and personal well-being benefits. Here we outline some of the key effects of arts participation, with particular focus on one of its psychological yields: "flow." We then define flow and describe its nine ingredients with particular attention to how these occur in the arts classroom: action-awareness merging, clear goals, unambiguous feedback, concentration on the task at hand, sense of control, loss of self-consciousness, transformation of time, and autotelic experience. Suggested implications for arts educators are then identified to provide guidance on how to build flow into the everyday activities of the arts classroom. Moreover, although we focus on the arts and the arts classroom, applications and implications for other subjects and classrooms are readily evident.
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Language: English
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