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Book Review: Vision and Voice: Extending the Literacy Spectrum, by Linda Rief

By: Nancy Kersell
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 2
Date: Spring 1999

Summary: Kersell finds Rief's text "a useful guidebook for reawakening our imaginations to the power of artistic expression in all its forms and sharing this appreciation with our students."



Without plunging into theory, Rief's list of outcomes clearly demonstrates how practicing other art forms can help students discover multiple ways of knowing in the "language-rich" classroom. In particular, she stresses the value of exposing students to interdisciplinary study, reinforcing different learning styles, encouraging a spirit of inquiry, and developing research skills—certainly not original concepts, but crucial to the enrichment of our students' lives.

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