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ERIC Number: EJ1105361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1309-9108
Social Studies Education and Public Art: The Detroit Billboard Project
Taylor, Julie Anne; Iroha, Okezie
Journal of Social Studies Education Research, v6 n1 p1-25 2015
The aim of this action-research project was to evaluate the impact of high school students' involvement in community-oriented, art-based work in the social studies. In Detroit, high school students engaged in persuasive writing and design while exploring community issues. The project culminated in the installation of student artwork on a billboard in the city's cultural center. Mixed methods were employed to evaluate the project; forty-seven students completed surveys at its conclusion. The findings suggest that creative projects with real-world applications are motivational, and they promote civic education. The majority of the students reported that their awareness of community issues had increased. This study has implications for the implementation of projects for democratic education and service learning, arts integration in the social studies, and the use of authentic assessments in contextual, culturally responsive teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan (Detroit)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A