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ERIC Number: ED567780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 89
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Choice-Based Art Education in an ESL Kindergarten Classroom
Anderson, Autumn
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The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of a Choice-Based art curriculum with students in an ESL (English as a Second Language) kindergarten classroom. Of specific interest to the researcher there was a strong correlation between students using visual aids and communication skills to set their own art making goals. Through action research, a curriculum focused on student choice was implemented over a ten-week period. The participants ranged in age from five to seven and were all in full day kindergarten. Students' productivity, engagement, and communication skills were observed during both teacher-directed art class in a traditional art room and student- directed projects-based classes. The Choice-Based curriculum was implemented over five projects that allowed for students to be introduced to new materials and begin generating their own ideas and ways to create their own artwork. Data collected through observations, interviews, and the students' artwork was used to measure the students ability to decide outcomes within their own artwork. The study concludes that communication skills are gained and the attention spans of the students significantly increased when students are working on Choice-Based projects. Students also increased their use of written and oral communication, while also improving their literacy skills through the use of planning and sketchbooks. The following are appended: (1) Consent Forms; (2) Principal Consent Form; (3) Teacher Consent Form; (4) Overview Parent Consent Form; (5) Parent Consent Form for Participating Student; (6) Research Timeline; (7) Lesson Plan Elements; (8) Visual PowerPoint for Lesson 1; (9) All About Me Worksheet; (10) Inspiration List Worksheet; (11) My Art Plan Template; (12) Full Lesson Plan 4 with Tiered Rubrics; (13) Visual Center Posters; and (14) Progress Monitoring Log.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania