ERIC Number: ED360584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Psychological and Personal Dimensions of Students and Teachers in High Schools for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Richards, Janet C.; And Others
Little is known about the students and teachers in high schools for the visual and performing arts. This study was conducted to examine the affective dimensions, particular needs and interests, and distinct patterns of characteristics of these students and teachers. Students (N=191) and artist/teachers (N=102) in high schools for the visual and performing arts located throughout the U.S. and Canada participated in the study. All participants completed a questionnaire on demographic information, self-perceptions about personal traits, and self-opinions about learning and teaching in the arts; Rotter's Generalized Expectancies for Internal Versus External Control of Reinforcement; and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Form F. Arts students also completed the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. The findings suggest that the majority of secondary arts students and their artist/teachers share an intuitive orientation. Despite their artistic successes, secondary arts students and teachers were not highly internally directed. Students' scores suggest that they experience high anxieties and emotionality. Both students and teachers differed from the norm both psychologically and artistically. An appendix describes the survey instruments. (Contains 26 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).