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Promised posting! Full text of "The Surround of Artful Science," Heath's keynote that opened the WORLDS TOGETHER conference led by a partnership between Tate Modern and the Royal Shakespeare Company and in collaboration with the British Museum and the National Theatre.
The conference was part of the World Shakespeare Festival produced by the RSC for London's 2012 Festival produced by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Coming together to answer the following questions were artists, teaching artists, educators, academics, and policymakers.
- What features make any artistic engagement personally, socially, and intellectually important and educationally catalytic?
- When we invite young people to make products, performances, and works of art, what is it that they are learning as they create?
- How can educators and arts practitioners create more effective conditions for artistic engagement that activate agency and ownership for young people?
- Can we identify the ruts and traditions in which we might be stuck today and determine to move beyond assumptions and practices that keep us stuck in the past?
Heath's keynote focused on three aspects of learning in the arts: art is handwork, art is play, and art is science at work. That talk which opened the conference is available here and will be published with citations early next year in Tate Papers. Click here for the PDF
Think about how your family has changed over the past two generations.
Then read Words at work and play: Three decades in families and communities
Now available in the United States is the book that tells the long-awaited story of what has happened to the families that readers met back in 1983 in Ways with words: Language, life, and work in communities and classrooms
This new book gives a close-up picture of how families from Roadville and Trackton spent their time through the 1980s, 1990s, and through the first decade of the 21st century. Through multi-site ethnographic methods, Heath tracked the patterns of talking, managing new technologies, and altering ways of using time and space of families as they faced the roller-coaster economic changes that followed the double-dip recession of the 1980s.
For readers who want a copy of both books, Cambridge University Press will offer the two at a bargain price at AAAL in Boston in March and AERA in Vancouver.