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Re: Preservice Art Education Programs

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Donalyn Heise (dheise)
Wed, 19 Feb 1997 06:49:59 +0000

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I agree with Mary and Bob's comments. But I also think that we need to include the
new emerging technologies in the art education preservice experience. My previous
research revealed that many art teachers lack an understanding of these
technologies that are so essential in our society today. Many young adults have
little or no experience with computers, much less Internet technologies. And the
Internet offers a wide array of sometimes otherwise unobtainable resources for art
students, and art educators. Not only do they need development of basic skills, but
an understanding of how these resources can enhance their art curriculum.

Karen, I did my preservice work with you (many moons ago!) at LSU. One of the most
rewarding experiences was the time spent observing other art teachers classrooms,
and mentoring with other teachers. I do think the pre-requisite for that experience
is a strong foundation in DBAE, and methods in elementary and secondary art
education. I attended after an increase in number of art making courses in the
curriculum for art ed majors. I felt that foundation was beneficial.

Prior to entering the classroom, I learned most of my management strategies from
being a parent. (fortunately!) I don't feel that most new teachers get enough
information on classroom management. What comes naturally to experienced teachers
is sometimes difficult for preservice teachers to grasp.

Donalyn Heise
Art and Technology Coordinator

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