This unique book discusses and illustrates the ways the arts have influenced curriculum inquiry and the teaching and learning process. It is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on aesthetic, epistemological, ethical, ontological, and political explanations of the influence of the arts on curricula. The second part offers personal accounts by well-known scholars who have been influenced by works of art and who have translated those influences into their classroom curricula and teaching.
George Willis is Professor of Education at the University of Rhode Island. William H. Schubert is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
"A fascinating book not only for curricularists but also for "liberal artists," i. e., those teaching in the humanities. It celebrates a connectedness rarely seen between theory and practice. " — Mary A. Doll, Holy Cross College, New Orleans
"This book demonstrates the great diversity of human experience and that within this diversity there is a clear, common orientation—education is not separate from life, and life is influenced by the arts. " — Bernice J. Wolfson, University of Alabama, Birmingham
"The book is highly evocative. In reading it, I was led to track down a reproduction of Jackson Pollack's The White Cockatoo, a copy of Wallace Stevens' The Man with the Blue Guitar, a videotape of the Bolshoi Ballet dancing Spartacus, and even a compact disc of Mozart's The Magic Flute from the local public library. In short, the essays are powerful. They whet the appetite and spur the reader to inquiries of her own. " — Geneva D. Haertel, Independent Educational Consultant, Palo Alto, CA