A Book Review of The Role of the Arts in Learning: Cultivating Landscapes of Democracy

Karen McGarry

November 8, 2020

Learning in partnership with the Arts offer ways of contemplation & engagement, away from disciplinary silos & toward transdisciplinary action learning, a heuristic device enabling multiple modes of knowing & becoming. Book Review: The Role of the Arts in Learning: Cultivating Landscapes of Democracy.
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