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ERIC Number: EJ1094529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-10
Abstractor: As Provided
Bodies in Space/Bodies in Motion/Bodies in Character: Adolescents Bear Witness to Anne Frank
Chisholm, James S.; Whitmore, Kathryn F.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v17 n5 Mar 2016
Situated at the intersection of research on Holocaust education and embodied literacies this study examines how an arts-based instructional approach engaged middle school learners in developing empathetic perspectives on the Anne Frank narrative. We addressed the research question: What can adolescents who are using their bodies to gain empathy with Anne Frank teach us about embodied literacies? Digital images and video were used to generate a multimodal analytic method that combined focus group interviewing with the Semiotic Photo Response Protocol and Visual Discourse Analysis. Analyses of performance and visual arts texts illustrated how students layered their understandings as they recast meanings across sign systems. As students engaged their bodies in space, in motion, and in character, they learned about the socio-historical and emotional contexts in which Anne lived. These findings suggest that arts-integrated and embodied learning opportunities may support students' sensemaking about complex narratives.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Activities, Middle School Students, Empathy, Early Adolescents, Human Body, Literacy, Video Technology, Focus Groups, Photography, Motion, Emotional Response, History, Social Influences, Personal Narratives, Social Studies, Jews, Death, War, Crime, Observation, Drama, Visual Arts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A