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ERIC Number: EJ922363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Emotions "Out of the Closet" and into the Graduate Classroom
Harris, Carol E.
Journal of Educational Administration, v48 n5 p659-667 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this end piece, framed in aesthetic and critical theory, is to review the author's own approach with graduate students regarding the omnipresence and significance of emotion in organizational leadership, and to comment on the contributions to emotional theory found in this volume of the "Journal of Educational Administration". The objective in the author's own research is to assist students, through aesthetic awareness, in moving beyond "one-dimensional" thinking and the "iron cages" of organizational experience. Design/methodology/approach: As personal affect and perspectives of meaning were of primary importance in the author's research, she employed participatory action research methods. Qualitative data were drawn from students over a ten-year period as they responded to a question about connections between aesthetic presentations--given by their colleagues as short introductions to each class--and organizational life as they experienced it personally and theoretically. Findings: Aesthetics, understood not only as appreciation, but also as action, brings to students the illuminating power of multiple forms of expression. Through expression, that is, students named feeling, affect, and begin to understand the nature of emotion. The arts provide ways of expression apart from, and including, the spoken word. Originality/value: The arts, and an understanding of aesthetics, opens a rarely travelled route whereupon students may engage in organizational theory as a humane science. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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