Transforming Learning in the 21st Century College Classroom through the Arts

By Neva Cramer.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: January 20, 2015 $US5.00

Teaching and learning in the 21st century college classroom calls for the creation of a learning environment which promotes authentic problem solving and innovative thinking using cross-cultural communication, collaboration, and multiple literacies. Enhancing learning through the visual and communicative arts has the potential for increasing engagement in the classroom. It also helps students develop critical and creative thinking dispositions in preparation for meeting the demands of career and life skills necessary for success in a global society.

Keywords: Higher Education, Teaching, Learning, Arts, Thinking Dispositions

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 2, January 2015, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.127KB)).

Dr. Neva Cramer

Director of Education, Teacher Education and Graduate Studies in Education, Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, USA

Dr. Neva V. Cramer is an Assistant Professor of Education and the Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education at Schreiner University. She holds an M.A. in Reading and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from LSU. Publications include (2007) Multiple Ways of Knowing: A Theoretical Framework for Drama and Literacy in a Contemporary Curriculum, The Reading Matrix; (2007) Changing Our Students’ Perception About Reading, Academic Exchange Quarterly; (2007) The Art of Reading: Dramatizing Literacy, Reading Improvement; Literacy and the Dramatic Arts – Dec 2003, Teaching and Learning in Diverse Setting; Dissertation 2004 ;Literacy as a Performing art: A Phenomenological Study of Oral Dramatic Reading in 2003. In fall of 2013, her chapter on Supporting Literacy and Learning Through the Visual and Communicative Arts will be released in the textbook, The Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12. Dr. Neva V Cramer specializes in learning/teaching through the arts. With a background in the performing arts, Neva has combined her interests and studies to promote literacy and the arts through state, national, and international seminars and workshops, through presentations for the International Reading Association, the NTCE, the College Board, TALE, ASCD, NAAC, and other organizations. She was recently awarded the Elmore Whitehearst Award for Creative Teaching.