1st Edition

Arts-Based Teaching and Learning in the Literacy Classroom
Cultivating a Critical Aesthetic Practice

ISBN 9780367670740
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

This book highlights the unique and co-generative intersections of the arts and literacy that promote critical and socially engaged teaching and learning. Based on a year-long ethnography with two literacy teachers and their students in an arts-based public high school, this volume makes an argument for arts-based education as the cultivation of a critical aesthetic practice in the literacy classroom. Through rich example and analysis, it shows how, over time, this practice alters the in-school learning space in significant ways by making it more constructivist, more critical, and fundamentally more relational.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: A Conceptual Framework for Arts-Based Literacies

Chapter 2: Art as Story

Chapter 3: Art as a Theoretical Instrument

Chapter 4: Art as Action

Chapter 5: Moving Art from the Margins: Ways Forward

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Jessica Whitelaw teaches courses in literacy, inquiry, teaching, and leadership at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, USA.