ERIC Number: ED445238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Art for Art's Sake and More. Practitioner Research Briefs, 1999-2000 Report Series.
Dreybus, Mary Ellen
An adult educator who teachers General Educational Development (GED) test preparation conducted an action research project to determine whether learning activities requiring students to learn about and discuss famous paintings would equip them with critical thinking skills that they could eventually use when completing the reading and writing portions of the GED test. The instructor developed 10 brief (15-30 minutes) lessons around four paintings. The lessons required students to discuss what they saw in the paintings. Eventually, the students were asked to apply the same methods to several poems. Art and literary terms used during both sets of activities were recorded and kept for review. The instructor monitored students' progress in a research journal and interviewed four students about the art lessons and critical thinking. Students also completed several GED-type essay questions. The multiple levels of critical thinking exhibited by students surprised the instructor. During the study, students analyzed, associated, transferred, organized, listed, supported, explained, recognized, labeled, defined, compared, concluded, and created information. The teacher also collected evidence documenting that the lessons gave students new insight into the meaning of critical thinking and opportunities to gain knowledge from each other rather than just from books or their teacher. (MN)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Art Criticism, Classroom Research, Critical Thinking, Fused Curriculum, High School Equivalency Programs, Integrated Curriculum, Learning Activities, Literary Criticism, Outcomes of Education, Teacher Researchers, Transfer of Training
For full text: http://www.vcu.edu/aelweb/Mary_Ellen_Dreybus.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Virginia Association of Adult and Continuing Education, Charlottesville.
Authoring Institution: Arlington Public Schools, VA. Virginia Adult Education Research Network.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests