The Swing of the Pendulum

The Urgency of Arts Education for Healing, Learning, and Wholeness

  • Diane Caracciolo
  • Courtney Lee Weida

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Courtney Lee Weida, Jaime Chris Weida
    Pages 1-6
  3. Rob Linné, Shari Caton
    Pages 7-22
  4. Leonore Russell
    Pages 23-27
  5. Nancy Mellon
    Pages 29-39
  6. Dianne Schure
    Pages 41-58
  7. Dolapo Adeniji-Neill
    Pages 59-68
  8. Karen L. Lombardi
    Pages 87-100
  9. Maria Ver Eecke
    Pages 101-110
  10. Sophie Alcock
    Pages 111-124
  11. Stephen Keith Sagarin
    Pages 125-134
  12. Diane Caracciolo
    Pages 135-147

About this book


Current educational policies, particularly in the United States, have swung so far in the direction of overtly politicized and decontextualized testing, that we are losing opportunities to support the imaginative and expressive capacities of a generation of children and adolescents with implications for our individual and collective health. Enter arts education and the healing arts as urgently needed remedies for this imbalance, to swing the pendulum of educational practices back to a place of balance and wholeness. Informed by an arts-based sensibility, this book explores how imaginative, creative, and artistic experiences can heal, and why we urgently need them at the heart of our educational discourses and practices. These chapters invite teachers, teacher educators, and therapeutic professionals to reclaim imaginative, arts-based experiences as central to the human conditions that they serve. The narratives and case studies included here are of interest for any arts-based qualitative research course as an example of narrative inquiry, and in arts and general education programs for their pedagogical implications. “As Blake invited us to find the world in a grain of sand and showed us how poetry could materialize this, so too these storytellers discover and shape their personal meanings in ceramic pots, paintings, poems, drama, and poetry. While the stories told here are deeply ingrained interior journeys, all reflect ways of observing and embracing the world of others, of becoming wise, becoming self, and becoming skilled practitioners of meaning making. By naming and framing they suggest that clarity becomes possible and personal freedom achieved.” – Judith M. Burton, Teachers College, Columbia (from the Foreword) “This anthology offers a substantial number of narratives that represent seeking wholeness, sustenance, and renewal. In many cases, the authors provide a tribute to those who have impacted their lives in profound ways. This is an important contribution to both art education and literary education in the world of scholarly research.” – Laurel H. Campbell, Purdue University


arts education healing creativity expressive arts storytelling

Editors and affiliations

  • Diane Caracciolo
    • 1
  • Courtney Lee Weida
    • 2
  1. 1.Ruth S. Ammon School of EducationAdelphi UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Ruth S. Ammon School of EducationAdelphi UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6351-224-4
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