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McConnell, Christy; Conrad, Bradley; Uhrmacher, P. Bruce – Teachers College Press, 2020
When teachers and students are both engaged in the educational enterprise, every day has the potential to be transformative. "Lesson Planning with Purpose" takes readers on a journey through many pathways to engaging and meaningful educational experiences. The text first discusses "perceptive teaching:" the belief that teachers…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Planning, Teacher Characteristics, Classroom Environment
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Uhrmacher, P. Bruce; Moroye, Christy; Conrad, Bradley – Education and Culture, 2016
The purpose of this paper is to cross-examine Dewey's ideas on religious and aesthetic experiences, and Csikszentmihalyi's theory of flow experience. To achieve this end, we offer an analytic framework for evaluating experiences: triggers, characterizations, and import. In using this framework, we not only more deeply examine these ideas of…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Religion, Experience, Teaching Methods
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Conrad, Bradley; Moroye, Christy M.; Uhrmacher, P. Bruce – Current Issues in Education, 2015
With increased attention to measurable, common student achievement outcomes, the experience of both students and teachers has been overlooked. While measurable outcomes may possess value, they have served to shift the focus of schools, administrators, and teachers to writing curriculum that centers on assessable content learning rather than…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Lesson Plans, Aesthetics, Educational Experience
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Meng, Lingqi; Uhrmacher, P. Bruce – Asia Pacific Education Review, 2014
This study examines the sudden enlightenment sect of Chan (or Zen in Japanese terms) in order to understand various aspects of teaching and learning in the Buddhist tradition in China. To unravel Chan's educational import, we analyze its aesthetic features through a Western lens in order to highlight significant aspects of the teaching/learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Buddhism, Imagination, Sensory Experience
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Uhrmacher, P. Bruce – Curriculum Inquiry, 2009
The purpose of this article is to reveal ways to provide the opportunity for students to have aesthetically engaged learning experiences. Using John Dewey's ideas from "Art as Experience" as a framework, the author uses aesthetic theory to show how such ends can be reached. In addition, he suggests six themes that teachers can draw upon to help…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Sensory Experience, Aesthetics, Theories