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ERIC Number: EJ1180062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May-16
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
In Search of Our Beginnings: Locating 'Firstness' in Arts Education in the Service of Advocacy
Campbell, Cary
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v19 n13 May 2018
Attention to sub-conscious and pre-conceptual cognition is often neglected in educational research and theory, which, through failing to adequately conceptualize the emergence of perceptual learning, often inadvertently privileges a narrow and disembodied approach that emphasizes 'abstract symbolic processing' at the expense of more sensory forms of knowing. I argue that Umberto Eco's (2000) notion of "primary iconism"--understood as the "terminus a quo" of the perceptual/semiotic process--can offer educational discourses some needed conceptual clarity in regards to better understanding the relationship between creativity and 'arts-based' learning, with 'everyday' acts of perception. By considering this 'starting point of the emergence of learning', I aim to bring renewed attention to two neglected aspects of educational scholarship, specifically: 1) the role of creative inference (or what Peirce called Abduction) in defamiliarizing our conventional processes and modes of schematization, and; 2) an expanded (educational) account of consciousness, beyond what is actual and material, that can also recognize "the reality of potentialities not yet actualized, as Firstness" (Stables and Semetsky, 2015, p. 24). I hope such considerations can help sensitize researchers and arts practitioners to the importance of "imagistic and non-verbal semiosis as primary constituents of learning" (Titone, 1994, p. 129). I will argue that, through this (edusemiotic) conceptual framework, educational researchers and practitioners might gain insight into aspects of learning often associated with imaginative or creative/artistic perception, that are not easily expressed through many theories of learning, and therefore this research is valuable for arts education research and advocacy.
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