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ERIC Number: EJ897400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Student Ownership: Learning in a Student-Centered Art Room
Andrews, Barbara Henriksen
Art Education, v63 n4 p40-46 Jul 2010
After 8 years of teaching more traditional, media-specific classes, the author became frustrated with a few students in each class who were not as enthusiastic about their art projects as she was. She wanted to reach these students and turn their apathy into excitement. She wanted motivated learners. To accomplish this goal, she developed a student-centered approach to teaching art. In 1996 she introduced the new art class, Art and Ideas, with the goal of putting students at the center of their learning. She has observed three main differences in the student-centered classes as compared to the previous discipline-centered classes. The first difference is a shift in focus from the assignment or project to the student. The student, not the teacher, generates ideas. The second is a subtle shift in the teacher-student relationship. Students now view her as a helpful advisor, as opposed to "the boss." They realize that she is there to help guide their path, not dictate it. And third, she has noticed a shift in the assessment process--changing from a summative focus in which final grades were essential, to a more collaborative and ongoing process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A