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Learning 'through' or learning 'about'? The ridiculous and extravagant medium of opera : Gardner's multiple intelligences in pre-service teacher education

White, Julie, Dixon, Mary and Smerdon, Lynda 2004, Learning 'through' or learning 'about'? The ridiculous and extravagant medium of opera : Gardner's multiple intelligences in pre-service teacher education, Australian journal of teacher education, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 34-44.

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Title Learning 'through' or learning 'about'? The ridiculous and extravagant medium of opera : Gardner's multiple intelligences in pre-service teacher education
Author(s) White, Julie
Dixon, Mary
Smerdon, Lynda
Journal name Australian journal of teacher education
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 34
End page 44
Publisher Graylands Teachers College (Edith Cowan University)
Place of publication Graylands, W.A.
Publication date 2004-11
ISSN 1835-517X
0313-5373
Keyword(s) teacher educatoin
pedagogy
curriculum
teacher assessment
Summary In recent years, pre-service teacher education has attempted to incorporate into programs an understanding of Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences as it applies to schools. In this paper the tension between ‘learning about’ multiple intelligences and ‘learning through’ multiple intelligences supports Gardner’s (1993) distinction between ‘understanding’ and ‘coverage’. This paper examines the use of the performing arts in the professional studies component of our teacher education program. During 2002 at The University of Melbourne, a group of education students were offered the opportunity to develop an opera in order to learn about assessment and curriculum. Thirty-seven of the students volunteered to be involved and over a period of six months met this challenge. Our action research study asked two critical questions. To what extent is the understanding of multiple intelligences by pre-service teachers improved by ‘learning through’? Can pre-service teachers address fundamental issues in curriculum and assessment through the development of a performance? This experience would be of value to other teacher educators.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005, Graylands Teachers College
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020017

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