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Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art: A Guide to Designing and Implementing Community-Based Art Education


reviewed by Shifra Teitelbaum — April 22, 2009

coverTitle: Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art: A Guide to Designing and Implementing Community-Based Art Education
Author(s): Beth Krensky and Seana Lowe Steffen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0759110689, Pages: 186, Year: 2008
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Numerous scholars have emphasized the importance of art education on student learning and development. Jensen (2001) asserted, “The arts enhance the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attentive, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities, are, in fact, the driving forces behind all other learning” (p. 2). Similarly, in The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Eisner (2002) contended that “experience in the arts develops initiative and creativity, stimulates the imagination, fosters pride in craft, develops planning skills, and in some arts fields, helps the young learn how to work together” (p. 34). He described many benefits that the arts provide to students, including strengthening perceptual skills, personal reflection, problem solving, and the ability to tolerate ambiguity. While it reviews some of the Whys of art and arts education, Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art focuses predominantly on the Hows of arts education, particularly of Community-Based Arts... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 22, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15624, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 8:25:47 AM

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  • Shifra Teitelbaum
    youTHink, a program of the Zimmer Children's Museum
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    SHIFRA TEITELBAUM is the Director of youTHink, a program of the Zimmer Children's Museum that uses the power of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, promote literacy, and serve as a tool for social change. She is also adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles in the Masters of Education program.
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