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ERIC Number: EJ935023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Tree, Map, Container: Metaphors for the History of Art Education
Kan, Koon Hwee
Art Education, v64 n2 p46-53 Mar 2011
Many graduate programs in North America require a course in the history of art education for master and doctoral students. When learners of all ages fail to see connections between their learning experience and educational outcomes, they are less motivated to engage actively, creatively, and responsibly in the construction of their own knowledge. This is most apparent when the author's graduate students are full-time art teachers working daily in the often-hostile public school environment. They return to graduate education, not merely seeking continuing credits for licensure renewal but also earnestly searching for answers and solutions to cope with their harsh realities. This curriculum case study highlights visual metaphors as an alternative means of understanding history and represents what Lincoln and Guba (1985) outlined as perceived, constructed, and created realities. Creative endeavors, an outcome of restructuring graduate curriculum and organizing the class as a learning community, have helped students who are adult learners with varied learning styles infuse what they are learning with meaning. Their experimental projects demonstrate how embracing artmaking as inquiry can perhaps serve as springboards to dive into ideas useful in the teaching of the histories of other disciplines at other levels. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A