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ERIC Number: EJ867990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
A Descriptive Study of Multi-Age Art Education in Florida
Broome, Jeffrey L.
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v50 n2 p167-183 2009
Multi-age classrooms feature the purposeful grouping of students from two or more grade levels in order to form communities of learners. During the past 40 years, multi-age education has been examined in literature and research in many different ways and contexts. In the subject area of visual art, however, little literature can be found that addresses the practice of multi-age art instruction. This study begins to remedy this situation by gathering foundational information on the topic of multi-age art education. A questionnaire was mailed to art teachers working in multi-age elementary schools in Florida. Results showed that most multi-age art classes consisted of two or three consecutive grade level combinations. Most of the respondents were assigned multi-age classes (94.44%) and very few had received multi-age training (8.33%). The most frequently expressed advantage of multi-age art education related to the use of scaffolding techniques and cooperative grouping. The most frequently expressed disadvantages related to the presence of differing developmental levels among students. In spite of the lack of training and professional autonomy offered to the art teachers in multi-age classrooms, most of the respondents supported multi-age grouping in art education (55.56%). The study concludes with implications for implementing multi-age models of art instruction and recommendations for further studies on multi-age art education as an alternative to graded practices. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida