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ERIC Number: EJ827526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-11
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Another Look at Holistic Art Education: Exploring the Legacy of Henry Schaefer-Simmern
Gradle, Sally Armstrong
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v10 n1 Jan 2009
In his forward to "Curriculum in Abundance" (2006), curriculum theorist William Pinar suggests that education should offer opportunities for "self-formation" which include the cultivation of our capacity to surrender, begin again, and dwell in possibility. This paper examines the theory and art education practices of a forgotten and often undervalued art educator, Henry Schaefer-Simmern, whose methodology seems congruent with some of the goals of holistic education today. Substantial insights were gleaned through interviews with one of his former students, Professor Emeritus of Art Education, Roy Abrahamson. Dr. Abrahamson's collection of published and unpublished papers on Schaefer-Simmern, his art work done under Schaefer-Simmern's direction, and his collection of student work extended my understanding of an alternative, yet viable, holistic approach to teaching and learning. Another look at this kind of art instruction is valuable as a part of a contemporary holistic practice. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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