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ERIC Number: EJ859058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-12
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Encouraging Empathy through Aesthetic Engagement: An Art Lesson in Living Compositions
Riddett-Moore, Karinna
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v10 Portrayal 2 Oct 2009
This paper demonstrates how aesthetic engagement can encourage empathy and caring in the art classroom. As artful inquiry, this hybrid form of arts-based educational research and teacher research examines my own classroom practice and pedagogy exploring how aesthetics can become a philosophy of care. Part 1 outlines the "Living Compositions Exercise", an introductory activity students play to introduce the concepts of space, relationship, and care, and a discussion on how this is an aesthetic experience that encourages empathy. Part 2, "Inquiry into Piazza", addresses how student inquiry, artistic critique, and dialogue can lead to self-formation through art. The outcome of aesthetic engagement here is to promote empathetic response and action, which is manifested through the living inquiry of the students. (Contains 2 images and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A