Reflections from the Heart of Educational Inquiry

Understanding Curriculum and Teaching through the Arts

Edited by George Willis & William H. Schubert

Series: SUNY series in Curriculum Issues and Inquiries
Paperback : 9780791405574, 392 pages, February 1991
Hardcover : 9780791405567, 392 pages, February 1991

Table of contents


PROLOGUE: Reflections on the Origins of this Book
George Willis and William H. Schubert

I. PERSPECTIVES: Reflections on the Arts and Educational Inquiry

1. What the Arts Taught Me about Education
Elliot W. Eisner

2. The Arts and an Artistic Curriculum
Louis Rubin

3. The Role of Art Education in the Public School
Harry S. Broudy

4. Curriculum and the Art of Daily Life
Madeleine R. Grumet

5. The First Glamourizer of Thought: Theoretical and Autobiographical Ruminations on Drama and Education
Robert Donmoyer

6. Blue Guitars and the Search for Curriculum
Maxine Greene

II. ILLUSTRATIONS: Reflections on the Arts by Educational Inquirers

7. The Arts and Transcendence: An Autobiographical Note
Arthur W. Foshay

8. Native Experience: An Inspiration for Curriculum Leadership
James Henderson

9. The Arts and Curriculum as Lingering
Wanda T. May

10. Wondrous Possibilities: On the Value of an Artful Setting in Childhood
Ann Lynn Lopez-Schubert

11. Curriculum and The Magic Flute
Gail McCutcheon

12. "Deliver Me from the Days of Old": Rock and Roll (Etc. ) as Liberation
Kenneth Kantor

13. On Thinking as a Sacred Act, Coltrane Jazz, the Inaccessible, and Curriculum
Jose R. Rosario

14. Sonare and Videre: Questioning the Primacy of the Eye in Curriculum Talk
Ted T. Aoki

15. Dance as Curriculum, Curriculum as Dance
Susan W. Stinson

16. The Arts and Education: Personal Agency and Social Possibility
Landon E. Beyer

17. Camera Obscura: An Encounter with War at the Movies and a Personal Journey through the Flickering White Light
William Ayers

18. "Hey Man, I'm Good": The Aesthetics and Ethics of Making Films in Schools
Michael W. Apple

19. Blocks and Film and Other Media: The Aesthetics of Inquiry and Understanding from the Inside Out
Francine Shuchat Shaw

20. Mondrian as Metaphor: Mondrian, Museums, and Curriculum Work
Elizabeth Vallance

21. Reflections of Picasso's Guernica
Janet L. Miller

22. The White Cockatoo: Images of Abstract Expressionism in Curriculum Theory
William F. Pinar

23. A Poetry of Curriculum Inquiry
Nelson L. Haggerson

24. Poetry and Curriculum Inquiry
Delese Wear

25. In the Spotlight of Life: Dramatic Expression as Emancipatory Pedagogy
Richard Butt

26. The Drama of the Classroom: Dramaturgy as Curriculum Inquiry
Noreen B. Garman

27. Curriculum Inspired by Scrooge or "A Curriculum Carol"
William H. Schubert

28. A Childhood Reading
Max van Manen

29. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Reflections on the Aesthetics and Politics of Children's Literature
Joel Taxel

30. An Accidental Astronaut: Learning with Science Fiction
Noel Gough

31. The Significance of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest for Curriculum Workers
Alex Molnar

32. A Personal Inquiry into the Curriculum of Melville's Moby Dick
George Willis

33. Ambiguity and the Curriculum: Lessons from the Literary Non-Fiction of Norman Mailer
Thomas E. Barone




Index: Names

Index: Works of Art


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