In a message dated 4/30/05 1:58:35 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
They aren't simply writing papers to write papers, but they are identifying
a problem and solving it in a way that contributes to the art education
> Maybe there is a research project in here for those of us who are involved
> with teacher prep programs. We can do that in our spare time. ;-)
Pam! I totally agree. I think that elementary specialists, in particular,
live from minute to minute in our professional lives with 150+ students per
day, in and out. This has led me to have an absolute horror of time wasted,
and what a waste (and how forgettable) were some of the papers I had to write
in my collage days.
My favorite project ever (from high school) was when I had to create a
"catalogue" of crabs for Dr. Eugenie Clark's local marine laboratory. I collected,
preserved, identified and drew in pen and ink all the varieties of crabs
living on the nearby shore. As far as I know, it is still in use 40 years later.
I really burned the midnight oil at the age of 16, recognizing that I was
doing something real and of use.
Those of us in the classroom are very short of time for doing research.
Graduate and undergraduate students have much richness to offer, thanks to the
ties of the Internet.