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Hearing the silence : responding to the call of children


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Anderson, HI 1995 , 'Hearing the silence : responding to the call of children', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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It may seem odd to talk about hearing silence, given the noise and clamour
of our everyday world - even more paradoxical to think about hearing
silence in the world of the classroom. It seems that silence is a state that we
often wish for, a kind of still emptiness where we might find momentary
peace and succour amidst the hubbub of our modern, stressful lives. How do
we understand silence - what meanings does it hold for us? Do we
understand it merely as an absence of noise - a state of non-hearing? What
does silence mean to a person who is deaf? Sometimes we talk of silence as
ominous or threatening and other times we speak of a pregnant silence - a
waiting or an expectation of something imminent. Musically, we appreciate
silence in relation to sound. We respond to the juxtaposition of sound and
silence often vicariously, being carried along by insistent rhythms and beats,
or being lulled into a soporific stupor by less urgent and more ill-defined
configurations of sound and silence. The setting in which silence occurs then
is vital - what comes before it, what surrounds it and what follows, is the
context by which we might appreciate its meaning.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Anderson, HI
Keywords: Teaching, Teachers
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Copyright 1993 the Author. The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s)

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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 43-44). Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)--University of Tasmania, 1993

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