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Not necessarily. I think it's a good approach I don't think it's the only
approach. I also think creative problem solving is a good approach. Some
times a strict DBAE format is too dry. I know the trend is to
"legitimatize" art education by making it more bookish or academic and DBAE
does this. But I also think it is important to turn kids on to art and
keep it fun and creative oriented.
2) Have you received any DBAE training? Was your training during your
pre-service, inservice, or masters program?
Yes, both undergraduate and graduate work. I also have student teachers
who come in with strict guidelines for DBAE lessons that are totally
lacking in practicality. Some times I feel that the DBAE hard core
academics are totally out of touch with real classroom situations
3) What Pro's or Con's do you see with a DBAE approach to art
I think it's excellent to learn a vocabulary to use when looking at,
thinking about or talking about art. But I also know how much Art History
and aesthetic scanning can happen before 30 first graders demand to know
what were going to do today. You can only get by with saying "were just
looking today", so many times
4) How do your students respond to a DBAE approach? Are there
components of DBAE that are more difficult for them to understand
then others? Are there areas of DBAE that you enjoy teaching more
Of course I love production the best. But it's also fun to watch a kids
concept of art change after a good class discussion. Different kids
respond differently to all components of DBAE.