New Directions for Arts Education through the Health Humanities: Wellness, Care and Interdisciplinary Learning Using Creative Elaboration

Abstract

Psychological research has shown that empathy and compassion can be developed through mediation, simulation and embodiment techniques that foster benevolence and kindness, attributes and actions that play a major role in increasing subjective feelings of happiness and overall wellbeing. Our exercise of having students re-write the ending with a more positive outcome and re-draw the cover for the famous 19th century short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” serves as a model for future art education practices interested in promoting positive psychological experiences that can be used for enhanced self-care and empathy development.

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© 2024 by the authors. cc-by

Keywords

compassion, creative elaboration, creative writing, embodied simulation, empathy, expressive arts, health humanities, interdisciplinary, speculative, visual art

Citation

Little, R.K., & Little, J.D.. 2024. New Directions for Arts Education through the Health Humanities: Wellness, Care and Interdisciplinary Learning Using Creative Elaboration. Education Sciences, 14(5). https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14050498

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