Variations on a Blue Guitar: The Lincoln Center Institute Lectures on Aesthetic Education / Edition 1

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For 25 years, Maxine Greene has been the philosopher-in-residence at the innovative Lincoln Center Institute, where her work forms the foundation of the Institute's aesthetic education practice. Each summer she addresses teachers from across the country, representing all grade levels, through LCI's intensive professional development sessions. Variations on a Blue Guitar contains a selection of these never-before-published lectures touching on the topics of aesthetic education, imagination and transformation, educational renewal and reform, excellence, standards, and cultural diversity -- powerful ideas for today's educators.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807741351
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 971,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Reflection on Variations on a Blue Guitar
Introduction: Maxine Greene and Lincoln Center Institute: Setting the Context 1
Pt. I Defining Aesthetic Education 5
Notes on Aesthetic Education (1980) 7
Opening to Alternative Realities ... (1981) 44
Making the Petrified World Speak, Sing, and, Perhaps, Dance (1982) 49
Being Fully Present to Works of Art (1982) 57
Pt. II Imagination and Transformation 65
Uncoupling from the Ordinary (1987) 67
Fragments Made into Designs: Perceptions and Emergent Patterns (1987) 73
We Who Are Teachers Know That Imagination Has This Multiple Power ... (1990) 80
Complex Intuitions in the Perceiver Make Content ... Denser and More Provocative (1990) 86
Charting Our Own Ways Toward Meaning in Various Works of Art (1995) 92
The Vibrancy and Tremolos of the Arts for the Person and the Community (1996) 98
The Open Questions in Classroom Dialogues (1996) 104
This Is a Place from Which to Perceive the Unexplored ... (1997) 110
Thinking of Things as if They Could Be Otherwise: The Arts and Intimations of a Better Social Order (1997) 116
Resistance to Mere Things: Are and the Reach of Intellectual Possibility (2000) 122
Pt. III Excellence, Standards, School Renewal and Reform 131
From Discovery to Expression (1985) 133
The Wonders of Mystery, the Rejection of Commodification (1994) 141
The Arts and the Human Condition ... (1995) 148
The Power of Incompleteness (1997) 154
Partnerships and the Search for a Common Language (1998) 161
Reform, Renewal and the Arts (Superintendents Day Lecture, 1999) 168
Pt. IV Cultural Diversity and Community 175
The Artistic-Aesthetic Curriculum: Leaving Imprints on the Changing Face of the World (1993) 177
... We Have Found the Wonders of Difference ... (1994) 186
I Still Wonder at How Unaware I Was of So Many Frequencies ... (2000) 192
Pt. V Spreading the Word 199
The Creative Spirit: Keys, Doors and Possibilities (Address to the New York State Board of Regents, 1984) 201
Appendix 209
References 227
Index 231
About the Authors 239
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