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1. Title Title of document Literacy and the Arts - Literacy and Social Responsibility
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Robyn Ewing; University of Sydney; Australia
3. Subject Discipline(s) Education
4. Subject Keyword(s) education; literacy; social responsibility; arts
5. Subject Subject classification L7-991 Education (General); LC149-161 Literacy. Illiteracy; NX1-820 Arts in general
6. Description Abstract This chapter begins with the assertion that an Arts-led literacy curriculum is imperative if today’s students are to leave school with a sense of their own identity and a place within their social world, along with the creative and flexible literacy skills needed for life in the twenty-first century. Embedding the Arts in formal literacy learning contexts enables educators to enhance students’ imaginative capacities. This is central to student learning because, as Wordsworth (in Egan 1992: 25) proclaimed, imagination is ‘reason in her most exalted mood’. Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Research in Education (IERG) website reminds us that imagination is ‘the ability to think of the possible, not just the actual, it is the source of invention, novelty and flexibility in human thinking …it greatly enhances rational thought’. Initially this chapter provides a definition of how the term ‘the Arts’ should be understood for this discussion. A brief justification for the role of the Arts in imaginative learning follows, specifically in relation to the literacy curriculum and drawing on a range of relevant research and literature. Finally, two recent exemplars of Arts-led literacy programmes with primary students demonstrate the power of such curriculum experiences.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2010
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19391
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Literacy and Social Responsibility
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
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