I usually lurk in the background as I am kind of busy (anyone knows what
that means?)amongst other reason, because I am reading my masters (should be
over soon, grin!). Talking of short cuts - for which the students can
definitely not be blamed, even though sometimes they do work with some of
them - Andrew Pollard has recently (2002) published a book called Readings
for Reflective Teaching (available through Amazon). It is a collection of
about a 120 key texts from modern and not so modern educational research
intended specifically for the busy teacher. Only the main and most important
parts of the research papers are included and this makes the reading a
pleasure. Becuase of the way they are presented you get to concentrate on
the gist of the paper, without getting lost in all the nitty-gritty of the
research itself. It does not deal with Art education directly, but with
broader issues in education, most of which can be very easily applied art
Judy - I think I even came across a paper that deals with teacher motivation
and willingness to learn and its effect on pupils... will check it out and
let you know.
For all those of you who are passionate about Caravaggio - at the moment
Malta is hosting Caravaggio - La Mostra Impossibile (The Impossible
Exhibition). They have digitally reproduced all of Caravaggio's known works
on transparent boards and back lit them. The overall effect is stunning to
say the least. Check it out on www.caravaggio.com
From: Judy Decker [mailto:JDecker@...
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 7:46 PM
To: World Art Teachers; art education; ArtsEducators;
Subject: [art_education] Some Thinking...What are YOUR questions about
Greetings Art Educators,
My "passion" now a days is to improve art education via my computer and
these busy fingers (grin).
I am bringing some of these big questions from Renee too all lists (thanks
>From Renee Berg:
I bought the Research and Methodologies in Art Education book through NAEA
and I bought the Arts and the Creation of Mind by Elliot Eisner. In his last
chapter he poses research needed in Arts Education. Some of the questions
What do teachers of the arts do when they teach and what are its
What kind of curriculum activities do teachers ask students to engage in?
To what content are those activities related?
What forms of thinking do they evoke?
How do they introduce what they want their students to learn?
What kinds of comments do they make to their students as they view their
What kind of scaffolding do they provide?
What kind of emotional support do they provide so that their students can
How do they go about developing their students technical skills
Do they promote the use of imagination through their teaching and how?
...... Many more questions on page 215. We have to pose our research as a
question. I think I'm learning towards: How does the use of a wireless lab
impact art teacher instruction and student inquiry? I'm not sure. I looked
also at: How does peer critiquing effect the students final product?
To all who do have to do research...What are YOU passionate about? and how
can you design a project around one of your passions? I had fun helping a
Getty list member focus on her topic for research yesterday.... I learned a
lot from mine and use it everyday now.....and help other art teachers around
the world us it... Mine was on hypermedia (motivation to learn using
hypermedia) and since the school would not purchase CD-ROMs for my students
to use - I had to make my own - my web site. My first hypermedia lesson was
my African Art Lesson:
Ones that followed were much easier to create as I just did a one page
lesson for those. As time went on - I made my Internet lessons easier and
easier for me - some just to the point of taking students to the links pages
and telling them which links I wanted them to explore. There was always a
criteria to document at least three new things they learned for a passing
grade. My main objective was to get them READING the information on the
pages and exploring the images that are out there....hunting for picky
details never interested me - I wanted the Big Ideas. My other main
objective was to make learning course content more fun - to give them
choices - and to get them surfing the internet on their own. My students
brought URLs into me all the time to add. I am all ears for anyone wanting
help using the Internet with your students. My links pages are free for the
"borrowing" - they are all easy html files so can be saved to file and
revised. I do like it when folks give me credit for compiling them. Do check
for broken links when you put them on your sites - I no longer check my
pages for broken links-YOU are using them - you have that responsibility. I
am just a "collector" now.
I won't tell you my questions about Art Ed today.... Patty Knott knows them
and Pam Stephens knows them...and I am pleased as punch to see that Elliot
Eisner has many of them, too (grin). I won't ever need to publish "my
book"....I will just try to get folks reading what is out there.
I will give you what I wanted to research and couldn't find much out there.
"What effect does teacher motivation to learn have on student learning?" In
other words -- How motivated are you to learn knew things and try them with
your students? How enthusiastic are you? Do you teach your passions? I could
only find one research article done on the college level.... not much out
there back in 1998. There was lot on student motivation and I pulled from
that for my research project. How much are teachers experimenting today? Are
they looking for easy answers? If you as a teacher are looking for "short
cuts" - can you blame the students?
Judy Decker - Ohio
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