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The Arts and Play as Educational Media in the Digital Age


Robert Albrecht and Carmine Tabone

The digital revolution we are now entering as educators is an unchartered sea pregnant with wondrous possibilities but laden with a minefield of unforeseen consequences. A pedagogy that overlooks or downplays the disruptive and often dangerous influence of digital media on childhood development is necessarily a very shortsighted one.

More than just highlighting our misgivings about digital media, however, this book has a purpose far more ambitious and infinitely more useful. Based upon 45 years of work with young people in Jersey City classrooms, day camps, housing projects, libraries, church basements and community centers, the authors propose a pedagogical strategy that uses hands-on experiences in the arts as a strategy to offset and counterbalance the dominance of digital media in the lives of children.

Rather than call for the elimination of digital media—clearly an impossibility even if it were desirable—the authors maintain that children need to be exposed to non-digital, non-electronic experiences that cultivate alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. In sum, the book does not call for an end to the digital, but outlines ways in which the arts and creative forms of play help to establish a balance in the education and socialization of children as we enter more deeply into the Digital Age.

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Names: Albrecht, Robert, author. | Tabone, Carmine, author.Title: The arts and play as educational media in the digital age /Robert Albrecht and Carmine Tabone.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2020.Series: Understanding media ecology; vol. 5ISSN 2374-7676 (print) | ISSN 2374-7684 (online)Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2019046998 (print) | LCCN 2019046999 (ebook)ISBN 978-1-4331-5425-6 (hardback: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4331-5426-3 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5427-0 (ebook pdf)ISBN 978-1-4331-5428-7 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5429-4 (mobi)Subjects: LCSH: Arts—Study and teaching. | Arts—Study and teaching—NewJersey—Jersey City—Case studies. | Active learning—New Jersey—JerseyCity—Case studies. | Experiential learning—New Jersey—JerseyCity—Case studies. | Arts and children. | Technology and children. |Digital media—Social aspects.Classification: LCC NX282.A53 2020 (print) | LCC NX282 (ebook) |DDC 700.71—dc23LC record available at ebook record available at 10.3726/b16402



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