Mullen and Diamond have collaborated on a volume filled with examples that will expand the abilities of the classroom teacher and the teacher educator. Their choice of single and coauthored articles on art-based inquiry is both teacher-friendly and theory-driven. Committed to the integration of the arts in the larger curriculum landscape, the authors provide the expedient for educators to create a school life that is one of reflective practice. In combination with theorizing, the authors have provided examples of art-based narratives and participatory approaches to postmodern theory and practice. The contributors ask how we can learn to play the inventor-detective within the changing landscape. They suggest that we have knowledge of curriculum theory and development and a commitment to rigor in our exposure to the arts. The articles in the collection focus on art-based inquiries; many deal with representing and inquiring into educational questions and the role of the teacher-researcher with the expectation that such practice will increase acceptance and transform practice to one of reflective conduct concerned with social justice. This volume should be assigned reading for teacher education programs and graduate research courses in several disciplines. (LRB)
Dondis, Donis A.
Primer of Visual Literacy
MIT Press, 1973
N 7433 .D66 1974
Designer and educator Donis A. Dondis considers the grammar and syntax of visual literacy, not as a foreign language that students need to learn, but as a native language that they know but do not yet read. She defines visual literacy, breaks down its elements, and covers message, communication strategy, style, visual art, and the value of visual literacy, among other topics. Many small color and black and white images illustrate the text. There are a bibliography and an index.
Dryden, Charles W.
A -Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
University of Alabama Press, 1997
D790 .D78 1997
In this memoir, Charles W. Dryden discusses his remarkable career in the U.S. military—as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and later as an Air Force pilot in the newly-integrated armed services. Dryden lived and served during some of the most tumultuous eras in American history, enduring the hardships of the Jim Crow Laws and the racism of American society, to become a successful and accomplished pilot and military leader. Dryden’s fascination with flight began when he discovered paper airplanes as a two year-old, and he takes the reader through his journey from youthful enthusiast, to trained pilot, to graduate of the Tuskegee Institute, to colonel in the Air Force, to faculty member at Howard University. Dryden’s conversational but authoritative text is accented with personal photographs. A-Train will give educators a window into the life, career, and thoughts of a real Tuskegee Airman. It may provide excellent quotes and stories to use in classroom activities.
The Having of Wonderful Ideas and other Essays on Teaching and Learning
LB 1025.2 .D85 1987
This collection of essays is the outcome of the author's struggle to understand what happens as people learn. Duckworth touches on how people construct their own knowledge. Other topics include curriculum development, reflective evaluation, and the learner's point of view. The experience of having studied with Jean Piaget is discussed, as is the importance of helping learners to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge, the engagement of groups of teachers as learners, how adults think, and the development of human knowledge. (PBL)