Dissertation

The Story of Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts: Vision, Theory, Method

Project Demonstrating Excellence/ Dissertation

Submitted to the Faculty and Deans of Union Institute and University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy

With a concentration in Arts and Sciences

Specialization in Interdisciplinary Arts

Submitted by David Sheridan Spangler

Committee

Sherry Penn, Ph.D., Core Professor

Laurence J. Ryan, Ph.D., Second Core Professor

Robert Richard Pevitts, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

Norman J. Fedder, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

Gary Diomandes, Ph.D., Peer

Brenda Harris, M.S., ED., Peer

Contents

PART 1: WHAT IS LOVEWELL? (ORIENTATION, FOUNDATIONS, AND CONTENT)

  • Abstract
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Review of the Literature

Chapter 3: Methodology

Chapter 4: Developmental Foundations

Chapter 5: Academic Foundations

Chapter 6: Professional Foundations

Chapter 7: Social and Organizational Foundations

Chapter 8: The Productions

Chapter 9: The Learning Meditations

Chapter 10: Core Elements of the Lovewell Method

Chapter 11: Other Perspectives on the Lovewell Method

PART 2: HOW DOES LOVEWELL AFFECT ITS CONSTITUENTS? (FORM AND EVALUATION)

Chapter 12: The Likert Survey and Other Assessments

PART 3: WHAT IS LOVEWELL’S POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH AND WHAT NEW RELEVANT THEORIES CAN BE DERIVED FROM THIS RESEARCH? SIGNIFICANCE)

Chapter 13: Limitations, Recommendations, and Conclusions

References

APPENDICES

A Likert Survey Questionnaire

B Balancing the Arts (Illustration)

C Combined Statistical Data (Likert Survey Analysis)

D “Your Rights as a Participant” Form

E Informed Consent Form

F Permission to be Referenced in Dissertation Form

G Interdisciplinary Arts (Diagram)

H Lovewell Study Statistical Analysis

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