ERIC Number: EJ1077255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
The Arts Connection: The Arts and Transformative Learning in Professional Development
Cain, Beverlyn; Dixon, John A.
Journal of Transformative Education, v11 n4 p261-274 Oct 2013
Artist-in-residency experiences (puppetry, creative drama, music, and movement) indicated a connection with emotional transformative learning as a venue for professional development. This small teacher practitioner-based study involved teacher participants engaged in four-weeklong artist residencies at four childcare centers. Thirteen teachers participated in a presurvey phase and eight teachers participated in a postsurvey phase designed to measure their attitudes and beliefs about how children learn. Teachers' presurvey responses indicated firm beliefs in a direct instruction approach to teaching young children while postsurvey responses showed movement toward a facilitator approach to children's learning. Four informal teacher interviews with 2 of the 13 teachers at one of the four centers suggested emotional transformative learning in an artist-in-residency experience allows teachers to begin to understand that attitudes, feelings, and beliefs are a part of change.
Descriptors: Artists, Art Education, Transformative Learning, Professional Development, Child Care Centers, Experiential Learning, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Beliefs, Art Activities, Attitude Measures, Likert Scales, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina