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ERIC Number: EJ810580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
In Their Own Voices: Helping Artistically Gifted and Talented Students Succeed Academically
Carroll, Karen Lee
Gifted Child Today, v31 n4 p36-43 Fall 2008
Art education is an interdisciplinary field in the sense that it requires a mix of studio practice with theory and academic-style learning. Teachers teach philosophy and theory drawn from psychology, social sciences, history, and the humanities. Helping students be successful readers, writers, speakers, and test-takers are goals shared with those who teach academic classes. Students who have made it to high levels of performance in art include a variety of different artistic profiles as well as different academic strengths and challenges. In a pilot study using an open-ended questionnaire and a follow-up member check, a sampling of graduate art education students offered some very practical recommendations. Soon to be teachers themselves, they are at a state of heightened awareness of their own learning styles, preferences, strengths, and challenges. Their candid responses suggest a lot about how they learn best, what they need from teachers, and how they also can help themselves. The central question for this study is to find out, from a student point of view, strategies for teaching and learning that may foster academic achievement among those whose intellectual strengths and learning style preferences are primarily visual, spatial, and kinesthetic. Secondarily, this study is an initial effort to look for emerging patterns between different artistic and academic profiles. A third question concerns beliefs and expectations regarding the doubly exceptional; that is, gifted in one area and challenged in another. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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