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ERIC Number: EJ913215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8204
Emerging Practice for New Teachers: Creating Possibilities for "Aesthetic" Readings
Dickson, Randi; Costigan, Arthur
English Education, v43 n2 p145-170 Jan 2011
This article explores how exposure to aesthetic education approaches can help novice teachers reconsider their literature instruction in an age of mandated curricula and increased pressures to "teach to the test." The guiding questions were as follows: What similarities exist between transacting with a text on the page and aesthetically engaging with other works of art, and could these theories and practices be brought into ELA classrooms? Through freewrites, reflective papers, and a final self-assessment, students documented both their initial resistances and their evolving understandings of aesthetic education. We discovered that involving English education students in aesthetic experiences affected the ways many began to reimagine their classrooms, literacy/literature instruction, and education in general.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York