Releasing the Imagination   -     By: Maxine Greene
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Releasing the Imagination

John Wiley & Sons / 2000 / Paperback

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Maxine Greene examines our educational quest and explains why cultivating a poetic and moral imagination is so vital to teaching and learning. She explains how the arts play a key role in building understanding across differences and in stimulating the capacity to break the habitual and the taken for granted counteracting the sometimes pervasive sense of futility that overwhelms many of our youth.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 0787952915
ISBN-13: 9780787952914
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"This remarkable set of essays defines the role of imagination in general education, arts education, aesthetics, literature, and the social and multicultural context.... The author argues for schools to be restructured as places where students reach out for meanings and where the previously silenced or unheard may have a voice. She invites readers to develop processes to enhance and cultivate their own visions through the application of imagination and the arts. Releasing the Imagination should be required reading for all educators, particularly those in teacher education, and for general and academic readers."

--Choice

"Maxine Greene, with her customary eloquence, makes an impassioned argument for using the arts as a tool for opening minds and for breaking down the barriers to imagining the realities of worlds other than our own familiar cultures.... There is a strong rhythm to the thoughts, the arguments, and the entire sequence of essays presented here."

--American Journal of Education

Author Bio

MAXINE GREENE is professor of philosophy and education and the William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education (Emer.) at Teachers College, Columbia University. She still teaches there and directs the Center for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education. She also serves as "philosopher-in-residence" at the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education; and she is a past president of the American Educational Research Association, the American Educational Studies Association, and the Philosophy of Education Society.

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"This remarkable set of essays defines the role of imagination in general education, arts education, aesthetics, literature, and the social and multicultural context.... The author argues for schools to be restructured as places where students reach out for meanings and where the previously silenced or unheard may have a voice. She invites readers to develop processes to enhance and cultivate their own visions through the application of imagination and the arts. Releasing the Imagination should be required reading for all educators, particularly those in teacher education, and for general and academic readers." (Choice)

"Maxine Greene, with her customary eloquence, makes an impassioned argument for using the arts as a tool for opening minds and for breaking down the barriers to imagining the realities of worlds other than our own familiar cultures.... There is a strong rhythm to the thoughts, the arguments, and the entire sequence of essays presented here." (American Journal of Education)

"Maxine Greene, one of the greatest education philosophers of the last half century, constantly reminds teachers that the arts and the social imagination are central to humane and caring learning.... Her work is a constant reminder that teaching is a moral profession and that children's imaginations are a treasure we can neglect only at the peril of our future." (Review in Teacher by Herbert Kohl, senior fellow, Open Society Institute, New York City)

"Releasing the Imagination gives us a vivid portrait of the possibilities of human experience and education's role in its realization. It is a welcome corrective to current pressures for educational conformity." (Elliot W. Eisner, professor of education and art, Stanford University)

"Releasing the Imagination challenges all the cant and cliche littering the field of education today. It breaks through the routine, the frozen, the numbing, the unexamined; it shocks the reader into new awareness." (William Ayers, associate professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Chicago)

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