Awareness of different potentialities in different people

‘A work can, to some extent, increase an awareness of different potentialities in different people’ ~ J Berger

Cited: p284 (and originally taken from Berger, 1962, p. 372 Toward Reality; lessons of the past, in S Feagin & P Maynard (Eds) (1997) Aesthetics, pp.371-373 Oxford: Oxford University Press) Jeanne Marie Iorio (2006) Rethinking conversations Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 7(3), 281-289

Iorio reiterates this point in a different way further on in her article (drawing again on Berger): “Berger speaks about how art can influence our own capabilities: ‘A classical Greek sculpture increases our awareness of our own potential physical dignity’ (cited in Feagin & Maynard, 1997, p. 9). If I revisit the documented words of one of the children, ‘I am drawing a line which will be a frame. Then I will draw the loft inside’, how am I challenged? The child’s words present a theory developed by the child in regard to drawing. If I use the child’s theory, my own understanding of teaching and learning could be influenced, changing the materials, opportunities, and theories I provide for the child as well as the rest of the learning community. While in Italy a few years ago, I remember first seeing the Statue of David by Michelangelo. Something inside me changed in the presence of this piece of art; something that words could not express. Listening to the child’s words through this same lens opens me to the possibilities of new theories, philosophies, and developments.” (p.286)


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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