NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED523622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 244
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-8345-3
Spontaneous Steinbeck: The Influence of Arts Integration, Primarily Spontaneous Painting, on the Reader Response of High School Juniors to "The Grapes of Wrath"
Klasek, Catherine Huey
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma
This paper addresses my experience with a group of 11th grade students and their reading of The Grapes of Wrath (1939, 2002) by John Steinbeck. I questioned how the application of visual arts integration strategies, specifically the use of spontaneously created paintings, might influence the reader responses of my high school junior-level students to "The Grapes of Wrath"? Additionally, I wondered how this experience might change me as a classroom teacher and as a reader? Specifically, using the heuristic methodology as described by Clark Moustakas, I systematically examined the responses of a select group of high school juniors to reading "The Grapes of Wrath" and to the use of arts integration, specifically spontaneous paints, as a method for responding to literature. Using a paint-write process which involves reading, free writing, and free painting, students created paints that helped express their thoughts and feelings about the novel. In addition to creating their own pieces, students responded to existing art work. Building on the works of John Dewey, Louise Rosenblatt, Richard Beach, and Eliot Eisner, the study suggests that students who use these forms of art to respond to literature learn to create their own understanding, to access their thought processes, and to experience a transaction with the text. Further research is needed to more fully understand the influence of teaching creativity skills, lengthening the instruction time allowed for the novel, and applying the Paint-Write process to other works of literature. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A