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Creativity, Education and the Arts

Inquiry-Based Learning Through the Creative Arts for Teachers and Teacher Educators

Authors: Gulla, Amanda Nicole, Sherman, Molly Hamilton

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  • Addresses a unique need by looking at the learning experiences of both teachers and students
  • Provides lesson strategies and models using specific works of art that can be replicated
  • Brings together authors with extensive experience as teachers and teacher educators
  • Utilizes strategies for inquiry that have led to significant improvement in reading, writing, and engagement for a wide variety of learners 
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About this book

This book is a theoretical and practical guide to implementing an inquiry-based approach to teaching which centers creative responses to works of art in curriculum. Guided by Maxine Greene’s philosophy of Aesthetic Education, the authors discuss the social justice implications of marginalized students having access to the arts and opportunities to find their voices through creative expression. They aim to demystify the process of inquiry-based learning through the arts for teachers and teacher educators by offering examples of lessons taught in high school classrooms and graduate level teaching methods courses. Examples of student writing and art work show how creative interactions with the arts can help learners of all ages deepen their skills as readers, writers, and thinkers.

About the authors

Amanda Nicole Gulla is Professor of English Education at Lehman College (CUNY), USA, where she teaches writing and aesthetic education. Her research and writing focus primarily on creativity, imagination, and social justice in education, as well as poetic inquiry. She is the author of a poetry book, A Banner Year for Apples, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Maxine Greene Institute for Aesthetic Education and the Social Imagination.

Molly Hamilton Sherman teaches graduate students in the English Education Program at Lehman College (CUNY), USA, and high school English at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City, USA. She has taught EFL, English, and English Education on three different continents. She also facilitates professional development for the New York City Writing Project.

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“One of the hardest things to learn as a teacher or a prospective teacher is to teach in a way differently than we were taught and learned. The constraining power of our experiential tacit theory of teaching and learning is both hard to recognize and difficult to change. This book provides a rich basis for doing so since it both enacts its principles of inquiry-based learning and uses the interpretation and creation of creative arts to enrich and deepen the graduate students’ experience of both inquiry-based learning and creative responses to poetry and paintings. Their emphasis on using these processes to reach and teach traditionally marginalized students makes this book particularly timely in the context of confronting America’s racist realities. In addition, Chapter 2 powerfully and clearly shows the writers and their students adapting to the unprecedented reality of the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic which shut down the schools and the colleges. Although no one would wish such a change, the flexibility that all the teachers and students demonstrated during it actually enacted the kind of growth that the book hopes to help occur for learners even in whatever will pass for ‘normal’ education in the future. Teachers and students who are looking for new paths for learning will have no better guide than the insights and experiences of Gulla and Sherman and their students.”
John S. Mayher, Professor Emeritus of English Education, New York University, USA, and author of Uncommon Sense (1990) and Learning to Write/Writing to Learn (1983)

“Gulla and Sherman deftly introduce inquiry-based learning as a pedagogy of liberation and aesthetics.  Educators interested in social justice and engaging students with material from their own lives will find much to love about this unique volume. The detailed lesson plans and extended examples will have you ready to incorporate arts-based practice in your curriculum. This volume will have a prominent place on my book shelf. “
Sandra L. Faulkner, Professor of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, USA, and author of Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method and Practice (2020)

“International education systems are refocusing on higher order skills such as creativity to adapt to the formidable economic, environmental, and social challenges of the twenty-first century. Additionally, despite the wide recognition of Maxine Greene’s influence on education in North America, published applications of her ideas about aesthetic education seem to be short supply. Gulla and Sherman's admirable and beautiful book clearly demonstrates how these important concepts are being explored with both school students and teacher candidates.”
Heather McLeod, Professor, Arts Education, Memorial University, Canada

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction and Looking Both Ways: How (and Why) a High School English Teacher and an English Education Professor Formed a Partnership That Informed Their Practices

    Pages 1-15

    Gulla, Amanda Nicole (et al.)

  • Teaching to Meet the Moment

    Pages 17-50

    Gulla, Amanda Nicole (et al.)

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Texts: Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and Ekphrastic Poetry

    Pages 51-66

    Gulla, Amanda Nicole (et al.)

  • Imagining the World as If It Could Be Otherwise: Preparing Students for Solving Problems and Seeing Possibilities (Writing Poetry as Evidence-Based Argument)

    Pages 67-79

    Gulla, Amanda Nicole (et al.)

  • Analyzing and Synthesizing Our Stories: Exploring Identity Through Art and Poetry

    Pages 81-115

    Gulla, Amanda Nicole (et al.)

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eBook 74,89 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-57137-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inquiry-Based Learning Through the Creative Arts for Teachers and Teacher Educators
Authors
Series Title
Creativity, Education and the Arts
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57137-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57137-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57136-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 221
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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