What We’re Reading | March 29, 2017

Further reading on embodied pedagogy and arts pedagogy

Quick on the heels of this week’s wonderful lunchtime seminar on embodied and mindful teaching, we wanted to share some of the many ideas for further reading that came from the peanut gallery. Here’s a quick list, and you can also access them via the bibliographic sharing platform Zotero if you like. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments section, and we’ll add them to the bibliography for the benefit of everyone:


Bresler, Liora, ed. Knowing Bodies, Moving Minds: Towards Embodied Teaching and Learning. Dordrecht [Netherlands] ; Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004. Print. Landscapes v. 3.

Damásio, António. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. New York Avon Books, 1994. Print.

Damásio, António. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999. Print.

Druffel, Michael and Kelly Lerash, “Chapter 2: Student Body: What Happens When Teachers and Students Move Together.” HASTAC. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

Fuchs, Elinor. “EF’s Visit to a Small Planet: Some Questions to Ask a Play.” Theater 34.2 (2004): 4–9. Print.

Greene, Maxine, and Center Institute Lincoln. Variations on a Blue Guitar: The Lincoln Center Institute Lectures on Aesthetic Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 2001. Print. Lincoln Center Institute Collection.

Kelley, Tom, and David Kelley. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within Us All. New York: Crown Business, 2013. Print.

Tharp, Twyla. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. Simon and Schuster, 2009. Print.

Wilson, Frank. The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture. Vintage Books, 1999. Print.


Links to library materials:

Knowing bodies: https://libsearch.cuny.edu/F/?func=item-global&doc_library=CUN01&doc_number=006841671&year=&volume=&sub_library=HC001

Small planet: http://theater.dukejournals.org/cgi/content/long/34/2/5

Variations on a blue guitar: https://libsearch.cuny.edu/F/?func=item-global&doc_library=CUN01&doc_number=007301722&year=&volume=&sub_library=HC001

2 Responses to Further reading on embodied pedagogy and arts pedagogy

  1. Jessica Nicoll March 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    Great list, thank you, and great session. Also mentioned during the conversation — works by Antonio Damasio (Decartes’ Error and The Feeling of What Happens) and one by Frank O. Wilson: The Hand — How its use shapes the brain, language, and culture.

  2. dmeyersk March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Also Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life (Alyson Greenfield recommended to me.) I specifically like the Maxine Greene’s essay in the Variations book noted above: “Charting Our Own Ways Toward Meaning in Various Works of Art” from 1995.

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