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ERIC Number: ED425093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 87
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Improving Student Visual Art Skills through the Use of Direct Instruction and Student Mentoring.
Burke, Jane; Jensen, Debra; Marcukaitis, Michelle
This paper describes a program for implementing a formal visual arts program into the elementary curriculum in an attempt to increase the academic performance of elementary students. Third-grade students in a self-contained classroom in a small, rural community in central Illinois were the subjects of the study. The problem of a lack of visual art skills brought on by insufficient art instruction and implementation were documented by teacher observation, student performance, and instruction by untrained teachers. When surveyed, the faculty reported a feeling of inadequacy when teaching the visual arts because of a lack of knowledge, time constraints, cost factors, and inadequate facilities. Two major categories of intervention were the design and implementation of a formal visual arts program for elementary students conducted by a certified art instructor and the training of high school students as mentors for elementary students. Post intervention data indicated an increase in visual art skills, a transfer of art skills into other curriculum areas, and an increase in appropriate social skills of high school mentors. However, a noticeable increase in academic skills did not appear to occur. Twelve appendices contain the research questions and responses. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois