[IAEP] [sugar] Sugar Digest 2008-07-14

Kevin Cole kevin.cole at gallaudet.edu
Thu Jul 17 15:22:32 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 9:07 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:

> 5. Studio Thinking: Nathan also introduced me to a book, Studio
> Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by Lois Hetland,
> Ellen Winner, Shirley Veneema, and Kimberly M. Sheridan. It is a
> treatise on visual arts education; the authors argue that through the
> arts, students learn specific "dispositions of mind" that lead to
> high-quality thinking. They also speak about "Studio Habits of Mind":
> develop craft, engage and persist, envision, express, observe,
> reflect, stretch and explore, and understand the world and "Studio
> Structures": the demonstration/ lecture, students working, and the
> critique. It seems there is synergy with many of the goals of Sugar.
> An open question is how to transfer this thinking beyond the visual
> arts.

On a tangent:  Gallaudet University is home to the National Science
Foundation's Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Science of
Learning Center.  Although Gallaudet is focused on strategies used by
deaf learners, the center itself has a much broader mandate from NSF,
and involves collaboration among several universities.  Speaking out
of school, as someone who's not directly part of it (though I'm doing
a bit of coding for two researchers who have a project funded by VL2),
this is a big deal for Gallaudet, and the center is still pretty
"young".  So, I think, there's a lot of room for new ideas, guidance,
etc.  Some of you Ph.D. sorts looking to avoid work... er, I mean go
on sabbatical and "do research" ;-) ... might want to see if there are
opportunities to be had, and if it you end up doing it here, lemme
know, and I'll bring my XO.


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