ERIC Number: ED360230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Good Teachers Making the Best of It: Case Studies of Elementary Art and Music Teaching. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 100.
May, Wanda T.; And Others
This report presents five case studies of teaching for understanding in the arts. The first two studies are of expert elementary music teachers who engaged in weekly planning together. In the case of Anna Spaulding, a first grade lesson is presented in detail as well as a description of how this teacher conceived of music as a discipline, planned lessons, taught music classes in the first and fifth grades, and evaluated students' learning. In the case of Esther Bromfeld, similar topics are addressed with a focus on her teaching second and fifth grade classes, a presentation of a fifth grade lesson on improvisation, and her dedication to students' listening in music. The third case is of Martha England, an expert art teacher. Similar topics are treated in the analysis of this teacher's curricular goals and pedagogy that focused on art production, her teaching from an art cart, and students' learning. Together, these individual case studies present a portrait that captures how itinerant teachers in the arts manage exemplary teaching despite workplace constraints, their teaching concerns, and what students can learn in the arts when their teachers love and understand the subjects they teach, have a well developed pedagogical repertoire, are dedicated to the arts, and care deeply about students' art learning opportunities. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.