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Mongo: Refuse or resource? Residual narrations, an opportunity for the development of critical thinking and creative capacity

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In ‘mongo, refuse or resource?’ we investigate the opportunities offered by the utilization of waste/retrieved products as a teaching resource for the development of critical thinking and creative capacity. Focussing on this uncertain and fluctuating transactional sphere allows us to access new dimensions when we undertake an intellectual dynamic of our sociocultural surroundings and when we accept and understand our values and how they can fluctuate. Entering the mongo dimension entails a shift of perspective when we attempt to tell ourselves stories in a creative way, because it allows us to speculate directly about the value of our objects, which leads us ineluctably to a constant rereading of our own identity, starting from that which we strive to conserve, as well as what we would like to dispose of – at least until others show that they would like to possess it.

En ‘mongo, ¿residuos o recursos?’ investigamos acerca de las oportunidades que ofrece la utilización de lo desechado/recuperado como recurso didáctico para el desarrollo del pensamiento crítico y la capacidad creativa. Poner el foco en ese ámbito transaccional incierto y cambiante,  permite acceder a nuevas dimensiones  a la hora de abordar una intelección dinámica de nuestro entorno sociocultural, asumir y entender nuestros valores y su fluctuación. Entrar en la dimensión mongo implica un cambio de perspectiva a la hora de abordar el intento de narrarnos a nosotros mismos de forma creativa, porque nos permite especular  directamente acerca de lo que valen nuestros objetos, y nos aboca irremisiblemente a una  relectura constante de nuestra propia identidad, a partir de aquello que nos empeñamos en atesorar, y de aquello que nos gustaría hacer desaparecer..., por lo menos hasta que ciertos otros demuestren querer poseerlo.
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Keywords: art education; creatividad; creativity; critical thinking; cross-disciplinary practices; educación artística; pensamiento crítico; prácticas transdisciplinares; reciclaje; recycling; sostenibilidad; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Universidad del País Vasco, Spain 2: University of Basque, Spain

Publication date: October 1, 2014

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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