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ERIC Number: ED045670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 185
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Using Art to Teach Writing: An Experiment in Perceptual Training.
Speidel, Judithe Douglas
To discover if slides of portrait paintings could be used in training students to be more visually perceptive and consequently to increase specificity in their descriptive writing, pairs of classes (one control, one experimental--totaling 148 sophomore students) of three high school teachers were exposed to the principle of specificity through written exercises and discussions of literary passages. On 3 of the 6 days of treatments, the control groups performed additional exercises, while the experimental groups viewed slides of paintings. Samples of descriptive writing before and after the treatments received a score according to a level of specificity scale and a grade for global effectiveness. Although a comparison of the two groups' scores did not show a statistically significant difference, 75% of the experimental groups improved in specificity as opposed to 60% of the control groups, and student evaluations rated writing instruction most interesting when accompanied by slides. Those encouraging facts revealed art to be an asset in the teaching of English. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University