Arts-Based Teaching and Learning in the Literacy Classroom: Cultivating a Critical Aesthetic Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Arts-Based Teaching and Learning in the Literacy Classroom

Cultivating a Critical Aesthetic Practice, 1st Edition

By Jessica Whitelaw


204 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-15
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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

About the Author

Jessica Whitelaw (PhD) is an instructor in the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship program in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts