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Journal of Folklore and Education Debuts

Monday, September 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education proudly invites readers from many spheres to explore the first edition of its new annual publication, the Journal of Folklore and Education. Each year this digital journal will feature a theme that encompasses folklore, education, and ethnographic approaches to teaching and learning in all settings: K-12 classrooms, higher education, museums, out-of-school programs, and community organizations.

The first theme, "Dress to Express: Exploring Culture and Identity,” was inspired by the work of colleagues at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage who created an extensive documentation project and youth access program, "The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity.” This focus, like "Will to Adorn,” supports young people in the study of dress and adornment as cultural markers, aspects of visual culture through which people communicate their self-definitions, the communities with which they identify, their creativity, their history, and their style.

The journal presents a wide variety of articles grounded in folkloristic and educational theory and practice that will appeal to many interests. Some offer direct classroom applications, some invite experimentation, and some provoke thought. All call upon the everyday traditional knowledge that informs how we present ourselves to the world and interpret how others do today and have throughout history. Readers in many fields will find intriguing approaches to teaching and learning: folklore, education, literature, history, visual arts, drama, dance, music, media arts, technology, science, math, and writing. Among topics are representation of Native American identity, student documentation projects at all age levels, decoding of images, rites of passage, tattoos, folk dance costumes, martial arts uniforms, "Will to Adorn” youth projects, and the reading of clothing and adornment as primary source texts.

Find the Journal of Folklore and Education on the Local Learning website, where readers may download it,

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