Metacognition and Arts Integration: Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership

School of Consciousness and Transformation TLD 6394 3.00

The work of Malcolm Gladwell, author of best-selling works Blink, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Outliers: the Story of Success, What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures, and most recently, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, explores intellectual curiosities pertinent to everyday people living their everyday lives. Gladwell’s is a contemporary voice that articulates in common parlance thinking about how we think. Psychologists have termed this concept metacognition – awareness of one’s own processes toward the end of maximizing knowledge and operational strategy. Although distinctively non-arts in scope, Gladwell’s metacognitive approach aligns with the primary tenets of arts integration thinking and methodologies. It is our aim in this course to explore the intersection of metacognition in its psychological context and arts integration in its arts context to arrive at transformational strategies that inform leadership in everyday roles: the home business entrepreneur, the small-business owner, start-ups, the homeschool teacher, and the general working professional, among others.

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