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Curriculum Issues

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JAMES MULLEN (J-C-Mullen)
Sun, 2 Mar 1997 13:06:58 -0500

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Chris Mullen, Elementary Art teacher in Rhode Island here. I've been an
admirer of Erickson for years, ( I believe I have one of the 1st Meld
proptotypes, circa 1987) and am impressed if a bit overwhelmed with Places.
I love the complexity and I 'm sure I will use many of the parts if not
the whole but personally I'm having problems keeping the organization
straight.
HELP !! As a learner I need a printout of the whole thing, I need it in my
hands to scan, highlight, make notations on etc. On the computer I tend to
get into one window and get lost or miss something else. As I tried to do
the introductory tutorial I discovered pages I was missing that I had to go
back on line to get. Is there a way that I/we could print out a BIG
section ie ALL the core, or ALL the supplementary sections, leaving out the
needless repetition of the outline after every little section? Not only am
I getting confused but I'm wasting lots of ink and paper.
I would happily buy "Stories in Art" in Book form if it is available.
Responses of Marilyn 2-19, and ROGTOMHAVE 2-20 were very helpful and
left me in awe.
Regarding Instructional themes : As an instructional theme, Our Place in
the World has several characteristics which I feel are essential:
interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and relevant to the child's experience.
These themes need to answer the question, "What is Art For?" A few years
ago I can up with a list that I call "Functions of Art". Basically it is a
mix of themes from Dissanayake, Lankford and Chalmers which I've put in
verb form to emphasize the active power of Art. My Functions of Art:
Narrating, Celebrating, Inspiring spiritually, Showing power, Expressing
personally, Advocating change, Communicating, Decorating, Recording
history, Teaching. My hope was to create a simple (terms I can use at the
elementary level) yet inclusive list. I was also looking for themes
with parrallels in other disciplines. How do you think Places relates to
my functions or for that matter those of the above educators?
Chris Mullen, Art Teacher
Colt-Andrews Elementary,Bristol-Warren Regional School, R.I.

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