Art and Disability: The Social and Political Struggles Facing Education

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In the past few decades, making art has been used in special education classrooms as a way of offering psychic freedom, if not bodily freedom, by providing a partial antidote to the social problems generated in an impoverished environment. The art that has emerged has redeemed the inevitable isolation and loss and become its driving force. Wexler argues that the arts are most effective when they are in service of social growth, critical to identity formation. This book balances theory with practical knowledge and...

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Overview

In the past few decades, making art has been used in special education classrooms as a way of offering psychic freedom, if not bodily freedom, by providing a partial antidote to the social problems generated in an impoverished environment. The art that has emerged has redeemed the inevitable isolation and loss and become its driving force. Wexler argues that the arts are most effective when they are in service of social growth, critical to identity formation. This book balances theory with practical knowledge and offers critical research that challenges the biases regarding the nature of art and education. It includes case studies, examples of the author’s strategies with children and art students, as well as a chapter devoted to lesson plans.

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"Coherent, insightful, and passionate, Wexler provides an essential text. Both practical and enlightening, the work provides a useful resource for teachers, administrators, and scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended." —Choice

"Wexler's book starts with a good overview of the problem and need. Her new ingredient – the urgency to conquer isolation and reclaim selfhood often results in equally powerful art – is very important and often omitted...This book has interdisciplinary implications because it unifies art therapy, art education, science – brain research, and even social work."—Mary Stokrocki, Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230114852
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 291
  • Sales rank: 617,684
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice J. Wexler (Ed.D., Columbia University) is Associate Professor in the Art Education Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her expertise is in Special Education and graduate research. She has written many articles on the subject of disability for Art Education jourbanals, such as Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, and the Jourbanal of Social Theory in Art Education. The social and political implications of disability and the crossing of boundaries among fields is often the subject she presents at national and regional conferences. In 2007 she was a visiting scholar at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies researching art of children from the Stolen Generation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Overview
• Autistic Spectrum Disorders
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Learning Disabilities
• Emotional Disturbance/Behavioral Disorders
• The Blind and Visually Impaired
• Traumatic Brain Injury and the Northeast Center for Special Care
• Community Outreach and Alternative Settings
• Lesson Plans

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