ERIC Number: ED305897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Computers in the Secondary School Art Curriculum: Painting a Picture of Effective Teaching.
Crowe, Bruce A.
Although computers have become an important part of the secondary education program, they have not been widely adopted in secondary school arts programs. This is due in part to teacher resistance and/or negative attitudes toward the use of computers to teach art. Teacher insecurity and concern for the loss of student creativity are usually based on out of date ideas about computer technology and software availability. The student's creativity may actually be increased by the computer's ability to easily alter images on the screen before a final design solution is reached. In addition, teachers should realize that introducing computers into the art curriculum will not replace good teaching methods also in place, but can instead be used to stimulate learning, creativity, and the organization and presentation of art facts and concepts. Computers in art can function both as a teaching tool and a new art medium. Used as an art medium, the computer can be used to develop skills in aesthetic decision making. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) may not be suitable for all phases of teaching art or any other subject, but can nonetheless be used to enhance many of the aspects of teaching art. The students of creative art teachers stand to gain a great deal from CAI. (8 references) (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 8-11, 1988).