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Title:Way of tea, way of life, and way of art education: learning through performative metaphor
Author(s):Han, Sumi
Advisor(s):Parsons, Michael J.
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Japanese Tea Ceremony
Way of Tea
Performative Metaphor
Abstract:This research is a journey of finding my way to understand Chado class in the context of art education. I observed the Chado class at the Midwestern University where eighteen students participated in weekly tea ceremonies. The students learned abstract concepts and meanings through the physical performance of tea ceremony. I see the rituals of tea ceremony as performative metaphors, which connect an abstract concept with our performance. A simple and ordinary act of serving and drinking a bowl of tea was the metaphor of teaching lessons in our lives: purifying and clearing mind, being humble, relief from stress, self-discipline, and being aware. The way this class was taught has also implications in art education. I learned the significance of learning by doing, teacher’s role, and finally the students’ own way of learning.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Sumi Han
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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