ERIC Number: EJ779868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 27
Learning in the Visual Arts and the Worldviews of Young Children
Catterall, James S.; Peppler, Kylie A.
Cambridge Journal of Education, v37 n4 p543-560 Dec 2007
This paper reports a research study into the effects of rich, sustained visual arts instruction on 103 inner city 9-year-olds in two major US cities. We use the lenses of social learning theory, theories of motivation and self-efficacy, and recent research on artistic thinking to investigate the programs' effects on children's self-beliefs and creative thinking. The study enlisted a pre-post measure, treatment-comparison group design along with structured observations of participant and comparison group classrooms. The arts students made significant comparative gains on a self-efficacy scale and on an "originality" subscale of a standard creativity test. These effects are attributed to children's engagement in art and to the social organization of instruction including reinforcing peer and student-adult relationships. Relationships between self-efficacy beliefs and tendencies to think originally are explored. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Socialization, Visual Arts, Self Efficacy, Creativity Tests, Creative Thinking, Urban Areas, Learning Motivation, Measures (Individuals), Peer Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Grade 3
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Missouri