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Speaking the Languages of Art: representing thinking, sustaining research

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Speaking the Languages of Art: representing thinking, sustaining research

We typically associate the arts with beauty, with imagination, with individual  expressive creativity. What happens if we expand our understanding of the arts to include collaborative critical  thinking, intellectual and emotional striving towards new knowledge, critical examination of familiar ideas? What happens if  we engage the arts, not  as "artists", but as people curious to understand the possibilities they hold as languages for inquiry and insight? 

During this session, we will examine these ways of conceptualizing the practice of representational thinking. We'll hear stories illustrating the ways in which children and practitioners can embrace the arts for inquiry. We'll explore art media to strengthen our own competencies. And we'll consider principles that can guide us as we move the arts to a central place in our teaching and learning.

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