ERIC Number: ED444921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Improving Student Attitudes and Achievement in Art.
A program for improving student attitudes and achievement in art was developed and implemented. Targeted population consisted of eighth-grade students (n=28) in a junior high school in a suburban community near a large Midwestern city. The problem of poor attitudes and disinterest in art was documented with student surveys and self assessments, a behavior checklist, and teacher anecdotal records. Analysis of probable cause indicated that students considered art a low priority in their education, leading to poor quality, missing, or late assignments. Review of the research indicated that art is not regarded as a major content area and is overlooked or displaced in the curriculum, and often considered only necessary for the artistically talented. A review of suggested solution strategies, combined with analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the establishment of a professional art gallery to display student work, the matting and framing of student projects, and the creation of student portfolios. The program also included new lessons geared to be meaningful and relevant for students. Activities and discussion topics were developed to communicate to students that art is not only for the artistically talented. A description of the art program and its importance in their children's well rounded education was presented to parents at an open house. Post-intervention data indicated that more students exhibited an interest in art and gave the subject a higher priority in their education. Research is necessary to determine whether improved attitudes and achievement are a result of the intervention. (Contains 17 tables of data and 29 references. Eleven appendixes contain forms, surveys, letters, and assignments.) (BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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