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On Fri, 4 Oct 1996 EVasso wrote:
> In a message dated 96-10-04 09:08:15 EDT, you write:
> << I teach 1-12 and find that too many students want to focus on the product.
> I tell them learning happens in the process and if they already know HOW to
> do this they are not learning they are practicing. I ask them to allow
> themselves to learn by letting them focus on learning not production. I have
> a room motto and it is posted above the door "processs not product". this is
> the way to learn and this is why we are in school. >>
> You are right to warn your students of treating the finished product too
> preciously, of failing to see what is learned from the struggle to do
> something well--from the process. But I think, as John Dewey might suggest,
> that pitting process and product against one another is practicing a form of
> dualism. The art process and and the art product are two aspect of a single
> thing. One does not exist without the other. What is a process that has no
> product? How do we achieve a product without the process? The quality of one
> rests upon the other.