A new book from co-authored by DISE's Boyd White and Amélie Lemieux, Mapping Holistic Learning: An Introductory Guide to Aesthetigrams, is now available from Peter Lang Publishing.
From Peter Lang's website: "Mapping Holistic Learning: An Introductory Guide to Aesthetigrams introduces the concept of aesthetigrams. These are participant-produced visual maps of aesthetic engagement. The map-making strategy was originally developed by one of the authors, Boyd White, to assist him in understanding what his university-level students were experiencing as they interacted with artworks. Such interactions are, after all, private, individualistic, and fleeting. How can a teacher foster student/teacher dialogue that might lead to enhanced engagement, much less do research, without a concrete record of such engagement? Aesthetigrams provide that record.
"Recently, the strategy has been adapted to other fields of study—the teaching of literature, and philosophy for children, as well as the writing of poetry. Boyd White and Amélie Lemieux are persuaded that the strategy could be expanded into other disciplines. For example, might it not be useful for a teacher to know what a student is feeling and thinking as she struggles with a mathematical concept?"
Boyd White is an associate professor with the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. His areas of expertise include art education and aesthetic education. Professor White co-edited Aesthetics, empathy and education (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012).
Amélie Lemieux is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Her research explores arts-related meaning-making strategies, and multimodality.