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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (Feb. 2 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787952915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787952914
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In good condition but hard to understand and relate to. It's not very interesting for me. I will not use this in my teaching career
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It is not possible for me to over emphasize how important this book is and I believe will increase to be. The fact this book has not been reviewed yet slams my jaw into the ground below me. I want to write something genuinely representative but in the meantime, READ THIS BOOK!!!! And post your thoughts. If after reading this book you feel you didn't learn something profound I will buy your copy from you.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Pedagogically provoking but also repetitive Aug. 23 2007
By S. Eberhard - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a required text for a literacy studies graduate class. The context was pedagogically provoking along the threads of progressive modern education standards that are taught to budding teachers. Some repetition was present as it is a lengthy text with a primary focus and one author. My classmates and I were a bit disappointed with the lack of example and proposals for the curriculum/pedagogy changes being presented. This is a text to be read for establishing perspective not for quick tips or golden ticket ideas.
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How to really reform education March 9 2011
By Melissa J. Javors - Published on Amazon.com
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Maxine Greene is an articulate advocate both for the Arts in Education and for Social Justice. She describes how encouters with literature, art, dance, and music can inspire young people to inagine a better future for themselves as individuals, and for all of us. To accomplish real social change we need enough empathy to enter conversations with those who hold many diverse points of view and to use our common ground as a place to re-create our shared reality.
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I think the four and five star reviews read a different book. March 22 2014
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I've been trying for two weeks to get past the third chapter of this book. I feel as is getting to chapter three is an achievement comparable to climbing Mount Everest. Why? Because this book is so verbose, muddled and unfocused that it is an extremely torturous experience that is next to unreadable. If, like me, your class requires you to read it drop it! If considering reading it for fun just just don't!
In the beginning there was Releasing the Imagination July 2 2014
By Aliteachesart - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this for a class on integrating art into the classroom. I am an art teacher, so the provocations might be more altering for a "regular classroom teacher" or administrator. This book is behind the times, pinning hopes on No Child Left Behind, before the label was even cobbled together (we all know how that turned out). Parts of this book would launch lively debates, yet we didn't even discuss it in class. I would keep my copy to use as a reference when writing, but it is so last century darling, I can find current research documents. You can too professors!
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One of the most important books I've ever read Jan. 8 2004
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Maxine Greene defends the role of the arts as social medicine and advancement. She brilliantly argues for maintaining art in curriculum. Art often requires of us to imagine things which do not exist in reality. This excercise is vital in creating social change. In order to create a new and better world, we must first imagine it. We must encourage our children (and adults for that matter) to imagine. That's the first step and I feel society becoming less imaginative and more homogenized. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!! AND BUY A COPY FOR A TEACHER.

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