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Author Abbs, Peter, 1942-

Title The educational imperative : a defence of Socratic and aesthetic learning / Peter Abbs
Published London ; Washington, DC : Falmer Press, 1994


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 MELB  707.1 Abb/Eia  AVAILABLE
Description x, 250 pages, 11 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents Sect. I. On Education as Socratic Enquiry. Ch. 1. The Nature of Socratic Learning. Ch. 2. Intellectual Research as Socratic Activity -- Sect. II. On the Philosophy of Arts Education. Ch. 3. The Arts in the Public Realm: New Foundations for Aesthetic Education. Ch. 4. The Primacy of the Aesthetic: On the Nature of Aesthetic Response and the Meaning of the Aesthetic Field. Ch. 5. The Generic Community of the Arts: Its Historical Development and Educational Value. Ch. 6. From Babble to Rhapsody: On the Nature of Artistic Creativity -- Sect. III. On the Practice of Arts Education. Ch. 7. Educational Drama as Cultural Dispossession. Ch. 8. The Teaching of Literature as an Arts Discipline. Ch. 9. The Place of Creative Writing in the Development of Teachers -- Sect. IV. Tributes and Evaluations. Ch. 10. Herbert Read, Modernism and the Dilemmas of Self-Expression. Ch. 11. Peter Fuller as Art Critic and Educator
Ch. 12. David Holbrook, the Tradition of Poetic Humanism and the Teaching of the Arts -- Sources: Chapters -- Sources: Illustrations
Summary The author opens by examining the true and fitting ends of education. He contends that the ends of education are seldom discussed, only the means. This has led to a profound loss of purpose and to the identification of education with certification and training. He outlines a positive conception of education as an initiation into critical enquiry and the personal art of learning
The final section examines some of the intellectual forces shaping current arguments, and offers critical appraisals of some influential figures in the field: Herbert Read, Peter Fuller and David Holbrook
The two middle sections of the book consider the most neglected part of the curriculum, the teaching of the arts. In place of the current progressive and prescriptive approaches Abbs proposes a further paradigm. He argues that the creativity of the individual and the creativity of the culture must be brought into a permanent, exacting and living fusion
The Educational Imperative is an open, positive and accessible book on education, written with both the current cultural crisis and the challenge of the next century in mind
Analysis Education Philosophy
Education Philosophy
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index
Subject Aesthetics -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain.
Arts -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain.
Education -- Aims and objectives -- Great Britain.
Education -- Great Britain -- Philosophy.
Education -- Great Britain -- Philosophw
LC no. 94026375
ISBN 0750703326 (cased)
0750703334 (paper)