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There are a number of quality ideas here. Thanks!!!
With the Grapes of Wrath issue I think that we need to think about why it
might work. It seems to me that participants are able to see and respond to
a variety of metaphors (words in a story and photographs) and in so doing
the experience becomes richer and more authentic. The urgency of life is
met rather than another's urgency imposed. That is important.
Also, here at the U of Wisconsin-Whitewater a colleague (Science Educator)
and I (Art Educator) have been relating to integrated curriculum by looking
at "places" that the areas seem to touch or come together. These seeming
"commonplaces" appear to be in acts, or the cognitive functions, of
perception, interpretation and narration. In our conversations these seem
to be places of convergence and thus might be places that multiple
subjectmatters can be brought together. Additionally, without these
commonplaces the meetings of the subjects are more arbitrary and
superficial. They are manipulations of the two subjects rather than the
knowing of them. We have worked with this thought for about 2 years now and
would welcome any comments or shared ideas.