ERIC Number: EJ713130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Winning with Art
School Arts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v104 n9 p48 May-Jun 2005
Developing learning experiences around real-world scenarios engages students in hands-on, authentic learning that promotes skills such as: research methods, collaboration, workplace skills, persistence, information organization and application, and self-reflection practice. The final work, new skills, and knowledge may then be demonstrated to an authentic audience. This type of process also allows for alternative approaches, variations in learning styles, intelligences, abilities, and disabilities. Students may be creatively different, yet participate in the same steps required for project-based learning. Art provides one of the best situations to develop a project-based learning experience. Bethany Walter teaches in a small rural school with a student population of 120, K to 12. Due to long distances between large towns, the school is isolated in the southeast corner of Arizona. To provide an opportunity for her students to connect to the bigger world, Bethany used a state poster contest as the basis for this project. Sending the finished work into a selection committee sponsoring the event helped increase student motivation and awareness. The posters would also help raise awareness and impact others by communicating an important health issue. This article describes how Bethany approached this project and carried it out with her students.
Davis Publications, Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608. Web site: http://www.davis-art.com.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona