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Lesson Plans

Inquiry-Based DBAE

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Mary Erickson (MARY.ERICKSON)
Sun, 29 Dec 1996 11:56:51 -0700

(This is a response to Numo's recent expression of interest in
inquiry-based art education and DBAE.)

I, too, would like to participate in a discussion of inquiry based art
education. I'm sure educators (and art educators) use the term
"inquiry-based" art education in a variety of ways. One approach to
inquiry-based art education is to look to the art disciplines as models for
inquiry into art. This approach can be quite consistent with DBAE.

You might be interested in checking out a new curriculum resource called
"Our Place in the World," which the Getty Education Institute has recently
posted on its website ( For an overview of my DBAE
approach to inquiry-based art education click on "Our Place in the World"
in the upper right corner of the ArtsEdNet's homepage. Then, when you're on
the "Our Place in the World" home page (with 7th graders mural in upper
right corner) scroll down till you see a link to "inquiry-based approach."

In this resource I attempt to use four art historical inquiry questions as
key issues running throughout the lesson plans and performance assessments.
Each of these questions is symbolized by an icon. Click on "about the
icons" for an introduction to each of the icons. Click on "areas of art
historical inquiry" for an overview of art historical inquiry questions.
If you then click on one of four inquiry icons that are addressed in this
curriculum unit, you'll get an index of lessons from the resource that
address that inquiry issue.

There is also a short introduction to a suggested sequence of seven lessons
that address the four inquiry questions (as well as the theme: "Art helps
us find our place in the world.") further down on the home page. You can
check out any of the lesson plans by clicking on its name in the list of
Core Lessons at the very bottom of the home page.

If you're interested in key inquiry questions from other art disciplines
(art history, art criticism, and aesthetics), click on the links to the
disciplines that appear just above "How does Our Place in the World apply
inquiry-based learning?" on the homepage.

If you choose to check out Our Place in the World and its approach to
inquiry based art education, I'd very much like to hear your response.

Mary Erickson