ERIC Number: EJ911531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 13
Book Learning: The Cognitive Potential of Bookmaking
Strauch-Nelson, Wendy J.
Teaching Artist Journal, v9 n1 p5-15 2011
In this article, the author looks deeply into the thinking that takes place in the context of bookmaking projects. She argues that there is an additional and perhaps more compelling justification for the inclusion of book arts in the K-12 curriculum. This justification is centered on the learner. Bookmaking is a powerful and holistic means of engaging students physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. The author first discusses the characteristics of books and bookmaking that can contribute to students' development in these areas. She then focuses on the cognitive processes that are encouraged through well-designed bookmaking units. Finally, she contrasts the potential of bookmaking with the reality found in some art classrooms and offers suggestions for sound practice.
Descriptors: Books, Art Activities, Cognitive Processes, Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Psychological Patterns, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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