Shared Literacies: Promoting Thinking and Learning in Art Education Through Movement Literacy
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2019, Pages: 78-86
Received: Apr. 6, 2019; Published: Aug. 27, 2019
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Shlomit Ofer, Department of Dance, Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Abstract
The notion of Shared Literacies describes a process in which specialization in two separate domains merge to generate an opportunity for a new kind of knowledge to evolve. The paper presents a study where "movement literacy" (expertise in the field of dance in both theoretical and practical aspects) meets "graphic-symbolic literacy" (expertise in the creation and decoding of graphic-symbolic representations of any kind of knowledge). The theoretical background contains an overview of the two kinds of literacy, as well as two pertinent pedagogical ideas: the ability to translate information between different modes of representation; and self-generation of representations, an idea which emphasizes the independent design of symbols by learners. Both are tools for constructing a deeper understanding of a given phenomenon. The Shared Literacies' products are independently developed graphic-symbolic representations for dance movements, which emerged through a designated methodology. These reveal new aspects of the participants' insights: in the field of movement, learners became aware of its various aspects, including the ability to analyze, think of and conceptualize the components of bodily movement; in the field of symbolic representation, participants improved their abilities to manage multifaceted information about a phenomenon, using symbolic knowledge already at hand, as well as developing new representational means. The study demonstrates the power of Shared Literacies – the integration between different artistic and general fields of thought – as a novel approach for education in the Arts.
Keywords
Art Education, Constructionism, Graphic-Symbolic Literacy, Interdisciplinarity, Movement Literacy
To cite this article
Shlomit Ofer, Shared Literacies: Promoting Thinking and Learning in Art Education Through Movement Literacy, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 4, 2019, pp. 78-86. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190704.12
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