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ERIC Number: EJ871991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
The "Trickster" and the Questionability of Questions
Stewart, Connie
Art Education, v62 n3 p13-17 May 2009
Tricksters represent creativity and ingenuity in ways that are also integral to arts education. Like the tricksters, strong arts programs teach that a question can have many answers and there are multiple ways to interpret what is seen (Eisner, 2002). In this article, the author discusses how she applies lessons learned from the Trickster stories to her role as an arts educator. The goal of the author's instruction is for her students to learn by considering multiple answers and by asking questions themselves. The questions are constructed so there is not a sole "right" answer, but even opposing answers can be correct. A Trickster story from West Africa illustrates how questions can have opposing but equally true answers. The author shares mythical "Trickster" stories to jump-start students' creative thinking, to challenge preconceptions, and to stimulate questioning from multiple perspectives. (Contains 1 figure and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A