ERIC Number: ED398787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
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Drawing on Narratives To Create Individual Portraits of Informants.
Thaller, Eva A.
This study examined the attitudes of junior and senior studio art majors toward their education and choice of school through analysis of questionnaires completed by 22 students, fieldnotes, and in-depth interviews with 6 students. Students were also questioned concerning what connection they saw between their matriculation and their expectations for the future. The study design was a holistic single-case study with the whole group of respondents being the unit of analysis. It contrasted a general group picture created using a general categorical analysis with individual profiles developed through approaching the same data as narrative. This analysis showed that although the respondents were complimentary about the high quality of their art education, their main reasons for choosing to attend the particular institution were proximity to home and relatively low tuition. The analysis also showed that many of the respondents were expecting to have a difficult time after graduation, trying to accomplish the multiple goals of getting admitted to a graduate art program, becoming a practicing artist, and finding a survival job. Profiles of three students interviewed demonstrate the study's methodology and findings. (CK)
Descriptors: Art Education, Careers, Case Studies, College Choice, College Students, Conferences, Employment Opportunities, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interviews, Majors (Students), Personal Narratives, Place of Residence, Qualitative Research, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Studio Art
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Qualitative Research in Education Conference (Athens, GA, January 1995).