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ERIC Number: ED474136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 89
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Student Journaling toward a Higher Understanding of Art.
Todorovich, Jelena
A masters degree action research project implemented a program for higher order thinking skills through the use of journaling art history, elements, criticism, materials in the production of art. The targeted population consisted of 19 middle school students (grade 8) in a suburban area in northern Illinois. The problem of filling the need for combining the disciplines within art education to create a higher level of thinking is documented in student surveys and teacher observations. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students showed evidence of a lack of connection between art history, elements, criticism, and art production. A student survey reported little transfer among various art education components. Review of the curriculum suggests lack of connection in various aspects of art. Teacher observations and surveys suggest the need for transfer among various aspects of art education to create holistic learning for the student. A review of the solution strategy suggests the need for a tool that would create a cohesive transfer of ideas. The practice of keeping a student journal throughout the art course filled the need for student privacy and provided a safe place for visual exploration. Post-intervention data indicated that students maintained their knowledge of art vocabulary and concepts throughout the study. On average, they discussed art more with their parents and felt more comfortable discussing their art work with others. Appended are consent forms, movement worksheet, journal idea sheet, an upside down drawing exercise, journal rubric, art element study guide, art element and color test, student critique format, and self-portrait evaluation. (Contains 1 table, 8 figures, and 24 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois