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ERIC Number: ED311467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Collaborative Writing Pedagogy in the Art Classroom.
Murdick, William; Grinstead, Richard
Although collaborative learning is most commonly used in modern writing classes, an experiment in collaborative learning was conducted with a beginning drawing class at California University of Pennsylvania. Students (elementary education majors) were paired and asked to produce a single drawing of a still life. They were then asked to repeat the process two more times. The project resulted in improvements in the work of the students and changes in their understanding of how to go about doing a still-life drawing. Besides contact with people, writers and artists are also inspired by the works of their fellow artists, which establishes the social nature of artistic work and of learning. No scientist, and no artist, can establish a theory or genre alone; knowledge and art are what a community of scientists and artists say they are, for the time being. One thing that teachers first trying out collaborative pedagogies always notice is the new vitality, the charged atmosphere that group work and collaborative work bring to the classroom. Also, obviously, the students learn from each other: when one gets an idea or insight, the other hears of it immediately, and often reacts by adding something of his or her own to it, so that they both end up with a perception that neither could have developed alone. The important thing is that the pedagogy seems to work in art classes. (Six drawing samples and two writing samples are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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