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ERIC Number: EJ1056353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Evaluating Art Studio Courses at Sultan Qaboos University in Light of the Discipline Based Art Education Theory
Al-Amri, Mohammed
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v2 Mar 2010
Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE), a theory developed in the USA, has been influential but also used in Art Education institutions world-wide. One of its stated goals was to develop the quality of teaching art education. Today, it is used as a theory for identifying and assessing good practices in the field of Art Education. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the Art Studio courses at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in light of the DBAE theory. The main research question was formulated as: To what extent do the Art Studio courses at SQU provide experiences in the disciplines of Art History, Art Criticism, Aesthetics, and Art Production? The structured-observation schedule and students' evaluation sheet were used in this research. The results show that the lecturers at SQU do not focus highly on the Art Content, which is derived from the four disciplines. On the contrary, the main focus was on the discipline of Art Production, suggesting an Art-Studio orientation. However, the standard in this discipline, Art Production, was not rated very highly by the students or the researcher. The results also suggest that the Art Education Department at SQU should adopt a clear philosophy of teaching and learning in and through Art and that the Art content for the Art-based courses should be derived from the four disciplines as well as from related-fields such as Multiculturalism, New Technology and Educational Museum. These disciplines should be integrated across the program as far as possible while Art studio should remain at the heart of the undergraduate program. This theory should be generalised to all Art-courses to ensure at least the minimum, necessary experience in each of the four disciplines for each Art-based course at SQU.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oman
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