Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change

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Wiley, Jul 13, 1995 - Education - 240 pages
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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

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Review: Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Students didn't like this book as much as I did when I taught it this summer. Theory interspersed with literature, poetry, fictional characters, musings about art, and the importance of aesthetic experiences in education. A worthwhile book. Read full review

Review: Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change

User Review  - Sara Cochran - Goodreads

Reading this and another Maxine Greene book during my graduate work in education almost sent me away from education. I agree with so much that she says and feel so helpless in the machine. I may revisit this reading someday. Read full review

Contents

Narrative in the Making
1
Creating Possibilities
7
Seeking Contexts
9
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

MAXINE GREENE is professor of philosophy and education and William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education (emeritus), Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is also founder of the Center for the Imagination. She teaches at the Lincoln Center for the Arts. A past president of AERA, AESA, and the Philosophy of Education Society, Greene's previous books include The Dialectic of Freedom (1988) and Landscapes of Learning (1978).

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