Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Art appreciation--Study and teaching (Elementary); Art criticism;
Although recent trends in art education emphasize a discipline based approach to instruction, the elementary art experience often focuses on the process components of art production, overlooking other significant areas of study (Adams, 1992; Garoian, 1988; Hickman, 1994 ). One way in which educators can help make art experiences more meaningful to students is to use response journals for viewing artwork. Educators have established the use of response journals as a worthy practice by providing students with opportunities to develop greater understanding of content material and by providing teachers with valuable insight into students thinking through shared dialogue (Hall, Crawford & Robinson, 1997). Thus it becomes the teacher's role to make these exchanges meaningful to students and to guide students' learning. However, when art teachers see students one day a week for limited amounts of time, the teacher's comments in response journals in art class serve as a form of instruction rather than true exchanges of dialogue.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Deborah L. Tidwell
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©1998 Julie A. Alden
Alden, Julie A., "Looking at children looking at art : teacher response to aesthetic journals in art" (1998). Graduate Research Papers. 262.