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Education as Jazz

Interdisciplinary Sketches on a New Metaphor

Editor(s): Marina Santi, Eleonora Zorzi
Subject: Education

Book Description

The result of an international event celebrating the second UNESCO International Jazz Day held on April 30 2013 at the University of Padova, Italy, this book represents the development of a project begun some years before to investigate the issue of improvisation, considered as a multi-faced concept and practice. The initial focus of this project was to discuss the different meanings attributed to the concept of improvisation, starting from questioning the common misunderstanding which interprets improvisation as a naïve behaviour rather than high-level performance.

According with these premises, Education as Jazz represents a metaphor and a challenge, exploring the potential of jazz conceived not only as kind of music or art, but rather as a mix of values, attitudes, and skills fundamental in everyday life and in human development. As such, the book adopts an interdisciplinary perspective and a multidimensional approach. According to the rationale of the UNESCO International Jazz Day, which highlights the role of jazz in promoting peaceful societies, intercultural dialogue, gender equality, and innovative spirit, this book offers a concrete educational resource and theoretical framework oriented towards a new pedagogy for freedom.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9070-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9070-7
Date of Publication: 01/07/2016
Pages / Size: 220 / A5
Price: £47.99


Marina Santi, PhD, is Professor in Didactics and Inclusive Education at Padova University, Italy. Her research deals with dialogue, argumentation, and social interaction in learning. An expert in Philosophy for Children (P4C), she has carried out a wide range of empirical studies on the effectiveness of philosophising on the development of complex thinking, considering community of inquiry as inclusive environment. Her recent publications focus on improvisation in teaching and learning, and include Educating for Complex Thinking through Philosophical Inquiry (2012) and Improvisation between Technique and Spontaneity (2010).

Eleonora Zorzi has a PhD in Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, having completed a doctoral thesis on the teacher improviser profile. She is currently conducting postdoctoral research within a project focused on improvisation, creativity, inclusion and the educational dialogue. She is interested in improvisation, didactic and design, and teacher education, and collaborates on a project oriented towards the education of gifted children. She has studied Philosophy for Children (P4C) methodology and curricula, and conducts training courses for teachers.