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Fine, Sarah M. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this essay, Sarah M. Fine explores the misalignment between instructional practices in secondary classrooms and the interests and capabilities of adolescent learners. Drawing on a series of ethnographic cases, she explores the potential consequences of this misalignment and attempts to conceptualize an alternate reality in which high school…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Transformational Leadership, Secondary School Students, Researchers
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Ishimaru, Ann M. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this ethnographic case study, Ann M. Ishimaru examines how a collaboration emerged and evolved between a low-income Latino parent organizing group and the leadership of a rapidly changing school district. Using civic capacity and community organizing theories, Ishimaru seeks to understand the role of parents, goals, strategies, and change…
Descriptors: School Districts, Community Organizations, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship
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Booth, Eric – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this reflective essay, Eric Booth utilizes his Habits of Mind for Creative Engagement to offer two suggestions for intensifying the impact of arts learning in schools. Booth's first suggestion redefines what artistic engagement really means and where it can contribute to creative learning. His second suggestion advocates for the use of…
Descriptors: Art Education, Creativity, Learner Engagement, Cognitive Processes
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Groff, Jennifer S. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this article, Jennifer Groff explores the role of the arts in education through the lens of current research in cognitive neuroscience and the impact of technology in today's digital world. She explains that although arts education has largely used multiple intelligences theory to substantiate its presence in classrooms and schools, this…
Descriptors: Art Education, Neurosciences, Cognitive Science, Multiple Intelligences
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Nathan, Linda F. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this reflective essay, Linda F. Nathan, the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy and currently the executive director of Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, shares a story about how one student, Ronald, expands his vision of self through his engagement with the arts. In presenting this reflection on Ronald's…
Descriptors: Music Education, Art Education, Learner Engagement, High School Students
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Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ruben A. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this essay Ruben A. Gaztambide-Fernandez uses a discursive approach to argue that mainstream arts in education scholarship and advocacy construes "the arts" as a definable naturalistic phenomenon that exists in the world and is available to be observed and measured. In the course of his analysis, he examines how this construction is…
Descriptors: Art Education, Advocacy, Rhetoric, Creativity
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White, Theodore P. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
The author describes his job as pretty mundane. He is a low-level government bureaucrat who sends a lot of emails and works with spreadsheets. Occasionally, when he gets to do something creative, like put together a sign, pamphlet, or slideshow, he feels a sense of peace and wishes he could do it more. This past spring, the author finally decided…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Design, Creativity, Personal Narratives
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Huynh, Kelly – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
The author first decided to take art classes out of curiosity, but art gradually changed her perspective on life and became a medium through which she saw herself. This hobby became a process by which she began to create an artwork of her own life. This article describes what the author has learned about her own life through art and how it has…
Descriptors: Art Education, Personal Narratives, Outcomes of Education, Transformative Learning
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Sommer, Michele K. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this article, Michele K. Sommer recalls the struggles she experienced during elementary school with daydreams so real that she was lost in them. She reports using her artistic skills to complete school assignments to no avail, becoming keenly aware even as a child that the adults in her life regarded her daydreaming as a defect (she was a…
Descriptors: Art Education, Cognitive Style, Art Teachers, Teacher Role
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Rosario, Azalea – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
This article describes the profound changes experienced by the author during the two years she spent as part of the 52nd Street Project Teen Ensemble, playing the part of "Julia" in Shakespeare's musical play "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." The author reports the difficulty of playing the role, since the character was so…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Drama, Perspective Taking, Emotional Intelligence
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Kelleher, John – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
This article describes John Kelleher's experience in observing the creations of his preschool daughter. Both he and his wife are formally trained in the arts, and looked forward to guiding their daughter down an artistic path. In his mind, what makes a great artist usually involves a great deal of technical ability and commitment to a complex…
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Preschool Children, Art Expression, Higher Education
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Keller, Nicole – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
This article describes how the author, Nicole Keller, found that her writing grew richer and more honest as her understanding of movement and her own body evolved through an Introduction to Modern Dance course. For the first time in her life as an aspiring writer, she felt connected to art, literature, and her personal history in ways that…
Descriptors: Dance Education, Writing (Composition), Student Experience, Motion
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Matsunobu, Koji – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
This article describes how the author, Koji Matsunobu, a musician and teacher of the piano in Japan, was introduced to the concept of bimusicality in ethnomusicology. Akin to second language acquisition, bimusicality refers to the mastery of a musical idiom other than that associated with one's own culture. Applied in music education, it…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Profiles, Cultural Influences
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Kim, Charles; Miyamoto, Nobuko – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this cross-generational dialogue, authors Charles Kim and Nobuko Miyamoto engage in a creative exploration of community-based art, contemporary Asian American identity, and the possibilities of creativity within educational spaces. Using the ideas of John Dewey as a foundation, Kim and Miyamoto offer their dialogues, experiences, and analyses…
Descriptors: Art Education, Asian Americans, Racial Identification, Creativity
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Glass, Don; Meyer, Anne; Rose, David H. – Harvard Educational Review, 2013
In this article, Don Glass, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose examine the intersection of arts education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to inform the design of better art, curricula, and UDL checkpoints. They build a case for the contribution of the arts to expert learning across the affective, recognition, and strategic neural networks and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Access to Education, Integrated Curriculum, General Education
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