From Bricks and Mortar to the Public Sphere in Cyberspace:
Elizabeth M. Delacruz
Creating a Culture of Caring on the Digital Global Commons
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Citation: Delacruz, E.M. (2009). From bricks to mortar to the public sphere in cyberspace: Creating a culture of caring on the digital global commons. International Journal of
Education & the Arts, 10(5). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v10n5/.
This paper is intended as a broad, conceptual and theoretical treatise on the aims of
teaching art in the age of global digital media. To contextualize a set of general
recommendations for art education technology pedagogy, I first provide an
overview of the meteoric rise of on-line social networks, and consider questions
about the nature and status of these networks as virtual communities, looking at
both recent studies of Internet users and at contemporary discussions about what
actually constitutes a community. Ideas about community are then connected to a
discussion of the public sphere, the commons, and participatory democracy as each
of these lead to calls for global civil society in cyberspace. Drawing from this
thinking, recommendations for art education technology pedagogy are offered,
focusing on approaches that give prominence to making time for inquiry and
discourse with students about things that matter, the development of a culture of
caring in the art classroom, and public engagement. A recommendation for a
partnership model between university and K-12 art educators concludes the paper.
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