Academic journal article Studies in Art Education

Through the Prism: Looking into the Spectrum of Writings by Enid Zimmerman

Academic journal article Studies in Art Education

Through the Prism: Looking into the Spectrum of Writings by Enid Zimmerman

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Through the Prism: Looking into the Spectrum of Writings by Enid Zimmerman F. R. Sabol & M. C. Manifold, Editors. (2009). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association. ISBN 978-1-870160-42-5

Through The Prism: Looking in the Spectrum of Writings by Enid Zimmerman traces the development of Enid Zimmerman's thought and research from her early years to the present. Each section is made up of chapters by former students and colleagues, revealing her Influence. As the subtitle suggests, Zimmerman's work spans a wide-ranging spectrum of thought and possibility: community-based art education, gender issues, gifted and talented, multicultural education, curriculum and instruction, assessment, and teacher education. Through The Prism shows how her curiosity and intellect have resonated among her associates in their own research. Each section explores an important educational topic enough to understand its central ideas while demonstrating how it plays out in varied and imaginative ways in the hands of other educators. Rarely do we find such a wide variety of research directions in one volume, let alone stemming from the influence of a single person. In this respect, this book is a "must read" for those who aspire to research, yet also wish to be inspired.

In this volume, Sabol and Manifold have pulled together a coherent overview of Zimmerman's career, intellectual development, and values. Specifically, in their introduction and biographical chapters - Zimmerman emerges as a person. Through The Prism represents an excellent introduction to research because it puts a humane and empathetic face on a subject that is often perceived as dry and erudite. One feels the curiosity and joie de recherché present in each of these studies!

Each section includes essays by people, often former students, who have been deeply influenced by Zimmerman's warmth and wisdom. As M. R. Stroermer relates in her chapter, "In each of these (three research cases described by Zimmerman during a graduate class), she showed her students through her own experience, how research worked and how the daily experience of the ordinary art classroom could be searched for meaning" (p. 111). Through The Prism reflects how Zimmerman's passion for research is equal to her command of its rigor, and it is clear she engrains this vital quality in each of her students.

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