Abstract 12- Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2006



Provoking Introspections about Freedom and Justice

Lois McFadyen Christensen
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Too often, aesthetic education is neglected in the school curriculum. When school system budget monies are short, the arts seemingly are shortchanged. Nevertheless, aesthetic education is a necessary, intentional, and simultaneous endeavor within early childhood, elementary, secondary, and teacher education social studies curricula. To nurture students in the arts, while they become informed about themselves, promotes freedom, justice, and equality.

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Lois McFadyen Christensen, Associate Professor of elementary social studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, teaches and researches issues concerning learning elementary social studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She facilitates learning in critical pedagogy and qualitative research methods. Each summer she team-teaches a civil rights movement course accompanied by the city schools and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She served on the PBS Advisory Board for TeacherSource. http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/>www.pbs.org/teachersourc Contact information: lmchrist@uab.edu, The University of Alabama at Birmingham.