Abstract

This study explores how art instruction can be used to help students engage with important problems that matter to them and thereby adding personal value within a holistic education experience. Through a two-week-long curriculum composed of eight two-hour classes, the researcher deeply examined the journeys of growth that three students underwent as they were exposed to new art-making techniques and ideas, with an emphasis on the meaning behind individual art creation. The researcher found that all three students showed growth that extended beyond art-making itself to help them develop as independent problem solvers. As an action research study, this study also allowed the researcher to reflect on her own journey as an art teacher and examine how she could improve her teaching methods to facilitate the practical application of art learning into problem solving.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Fine Arts and Communications; Art

Rights

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Date Submitted

2020-03-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd11088

Keywords

art education, problem solving, action research, curriculum

Language

English

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