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Cultivating the Arts in Education and Therapy
     

Cultivating the Arts in Education and Therapy

by Malcolm Ross
 

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The educational constituency for the arts is rapidly expanding beyond the conventional school setting to include the wider community. Cultivating the Habit of Art is a much needed textbook for courses in the training of arts teachers, arts therapists and community artists. Malcolm Ross brings together the latest research on human empathy and creativity to

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The educational constituency for the arts is rapidly expanding beyond the conventional school setting to include the wider community. Cultivating the Habit of Art is a much needed textbook for courses in the training of arts teachers, arts therapists and community artists. Malcolm Ross brings together the latest research on human empathy and creativity to reposition the arts as central to the effective initiation and management of change in contemporary society. The book integrates traditional Chinese Five Element Theory, also known as The Five Phases of Change, with contemporary Western psychological and cultural studies, to form a new Syncretic Model of creative artistic practice. Ross sets empathy and authenticity at the heart of the curriculum — not just the arts curriculum but the whole curriculum. The Syncretic Model is explored and validated through an analysis of interviews with practising, successful artists, and in a comprehensive review of the latest neuro-scientific research into human consciousness and emotion. Finally, drawing upon his extensive experience the author offers practical help in using the Syncretic Model to educational and therapy professionals working and training in the arts. For training and practising arts therapists the book will supply a much needed comprehensive rationale at a time when the need for a new research and theoretical underpinning of practice is recognised to be urgent. With the demand for their services growing and pressure to demonstrate effectiveness mounting, the arts therapy community is looking to build bridges between the different therapies and across national boundaries. This book offers a coherent, co-ordinating framework for a comprehensive reflective practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415603669
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/12/2011
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
0.67(w) x 0.97(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Ross is currently Hon research Fellow at the University of Exeter. His work at Exeter University has been in the School of Education and in partnership with Dartington College of Arts, researching, publishing and training teachers in the area of the creative arts. He has also been involved in other institutions in the UK and Poland in the training of arts therapists and cultural animators.

He serves on the Publications Committee of the European Consortium of Arts Therapists, and is Visiting Professor of Arts Education at the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (London Metropolitan University). He also teaches cultural animation students at the University of Silesia in Poland.

His publications include ‘The Creative Arts’, ‘The Aesthetic Impulse’, ‘Assessing Achievement in the Arts’ and ‘Evaluating Education Programmes in Arts Institutions’. He edited the Pergamon Press series, ‘Curriculum Issues in Arts Education’ during its six year run.

Malcolm was Founder Chair of the National Association for Education in the Arts and he recently advised the House of Commons Select Committee on Creative Partnerships (2008). His contribution to their Enquiry into the National Curriculum (2009) is cited and published in their Report.

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