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Oreck, Barry – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2017
A study of former participants in high and middle school playwriting programs investigated students' perceptions of their experiences. After 20+ years of partnerships in a wide range of schools, Washington D.C.'s Young Playwrights' Theater examined how and why playwriting works and for whom. How does the form and process of writing plays motivate…
Descriptors: Playwriting, High School Students, Middle School Students, Student Motivation
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Ingalls Vanada, Delane – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2016
Dynamic learning environments in the arts that nurture all students' capacities for deep meaning, synthesis and connection-making have the best chance of standing in the gap toward educational justice. New paradigms for teaching and learning are needed that elevate all students' capacities--not just the select few who excel in narrow subsets of…
Descriptors: Art Education, Intelligence, Student Centered Learning, Educational Environment
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Chisholm, James S.; Whitmore, Kathryn F. – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 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…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Activities, Middle School Students, Empathy
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Bertling, Joy G. – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2015
Bowers (2001) described how our ecological crisis is marked by metaphors of difference and separation. By adopting an ecological paradigm, students have the opportunity to move past harmful distinctions that have characterized relations with the earth. Instead, students can move to a deep recognition of the interconnectedness of living things.…
Descriptors: Empathy, Mixed Methods Research, Place Based Education, Art Education