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ERIC Number: EJ1047571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Theory Loves Practice: A Teacher Researcher Group
Hochtritt, Lisa; Thulson, Anne; Delaney, Rachael; Dornbush, Talya; Shay, Sarah
Art Education, v67 n5 p12-22 Sep 2014
Once a month, art educators from the Denver metro area have been gathering together in the spirit of inquiry to explore issues of the perceived theory and daily practice divide. The Theory Loves Practice (TLP) group was started in 2010 by Professors Rachael Delaney and Anne Thulson from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) and now has 40 members. A fluctuating group of 10-20 art teachers meets monthly at the Center for Visual Art (CVA), an off-campus art gallery run by MSU and located at the heart of the Denver Arts District on Santa Fe Drive. This article discusses the theory/practice divide and the process of collectively embracing contemporary ideas, initiation of the Theory Loves Practice group, monthly topics of discussion and action, a visual art teacher's experience in the group, and recommendations for starting such a professional development community. The story of Theory Loves Practice is told collaboratively through multiple voices: an art education professor outside of the immediate group who wanted the story to be told (Lisa Hochtritt); TLP originators and art education professors (Rachael Delaney and Anne Thulson); CVA Education Director and TLP member (Talya Dornbush); and K-8 Studio Arts Teacher and TLP member (Sarah Shay).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado