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MS art research collaboration, are you willing ?

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wduncan (wduncan)
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 20:09:07 -0500

Me again,
The school district I'm in is trying to encourage teachers to
explore different ways to involve students in research using technology
like the internet. I already plan for students to research, mostly
dead, artist on the internet. They would produce a web page about the
artist (text and pictures) and publish it on our school site. Except
for adding links to other sites it would not be that much different from
a paper in english class. I'm trying to think differently and looking
for a research problem that employs collaboration and is really worth
doing. The other teachers doing this stuff are mostly math and science
types. I not much into counting stuff and doing statistics to prove
some relationship. So I am about to propose a different kind of
research into the arts. Students at different Middle Schools around the
country (or planet) would record interviews with artists in their own
communities, using a common set of questions about attitudes, training,
background, etc. The responses would be compiled with others from other
schools. The differences and similarities would be noted and discussed
in a document to be published on the web. I believe we could motivate
students that they would be collecting data for others to research in
the future. Many of the artists interviewed my be considered important
at some later date. At present our students would benefit from the
activity itself and by sharing their insights with others back in the
classroom. I envision a power point presentation, by student
researchers, to the school board and other community groups as a result
of these activities. Anyway, my thoughts are rambling on a bit.
The group pushing the research activities is called KanCrn, it's a
joint effort between the K.C.K. school district and K.U. in Lawrence.
Any teacher anywhere may join, do research, publish, etc. The web
address is then click on the tab marked teachers. If
you want to see research already published or under way, click on
research or go to .
If you find this idea of collaboration between Middle School art
students from different schools interesting and you might be willing to
participate, send me an e-mail. We can exchange ideas by e-mail and
even discuss it over the phone (I get free calls). Let me know, Woody
in Kansas City

Sorry to be so long winded tonight, but I thought the idea had merit.


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