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ERIC Number: ED426945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Involvement of Secondary Art Students through an Increased Emphasis on Motivational Techniques.
Klopcic, Karen
This report describes a program for increasing the level of motivation in art which currently interferes with the understanding and appreciation of art as it relates to career choices, and the quality and quantity of artistic products. Targeted population consists of high school students in a predominantly white, middle class community in rural central Illinois. The problems of lowered understanding and appreciation of art and the artistic product quality and quantity was documented through teacher observation, student surveys, and assessments of artistic products and evaluations. Analysis of probable cause data revealed little or no exposure of students to art in the elementary schools and no close proximity of art museums to the target school. Literature-based data revealed family problems, little parental involvement in a child's education, and failure of the larger society to appreciate and value the arts. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others resulted in the selection of four major categories of intervention: cooperative learning strategies, development of multiple intelligences, field trips, and peer and cross age tutoring. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in students' participation in class activities, an improvement in their motivation level, and an increase in critical thinking skills. Data also revealed a better awareness of the carry-over value of art skills in the job market, an improvement in mastery of social skills, and better use of learning strategies. (Contains 12 figures, a table, and 23 references. Appendices contain surveys and student activities materials.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois