Craig Roland's post reminded me that the fall semester is indeed drawing near.
Last year I tried the Case Studies approach and I am glad to see Craig
Roland is trying it this year. However, I was disappointed because I got
such a limited response. However, I know everyone is busy. Perhaps we
should pool our resources and work together on this.
I would like to try it again and I would appreciate it if you could also
send me your Case Studies or post them on ArtsEdnet for all of us to use.
There are many Higher Ed. people on the list and this is an excellent way
to help pre-service art teachers learn about the realities of the
I am teaching two art education classes this fall. One is an elementary
art methods class for art education majors and the other is an Art
Criticism class for art education majors. If you have any Case Studies
that would be relevant to these classes, I would appreciate receiving them.
If you are unsure, send it anyway. As Craig suggested, you might consider
posting them on ArtsEdnet for all to enjoy and use. Like Craig, I plan to
post them on our web site so everyone can see and use them as well.
Do you think it would be a good idea to also post the written reactions of
the preservice art teachers as well? This might also be a way to generate
dialogue between in-service art teachers and pre-service. We in higher
education are always trying to find new ways to bridge the gap between
theory and practice.
I do support requiring many field experiences to K-12 schools, but
sometimes students do not have enough time during the week to schedule
their classes, field experiences, study time, work time and down time.
These Case Studies would be one way we could use our class time to talk
about reality based issues.
I am also looking for elementary art teachers who would be willing to make
a commitment to communicate via e-mail with my art education majors who
will be enrolled in an elementary art methods course. I have about twelve
students and I would like to have about twelve elementary art teachers
volunteer their time to e-mail my students with answers to some of their
questions. Your commitment would be to answer one or two e-mails a week
from them for about a month. I expect that this would begin mid to late
September and end mid to late October. When I tried something similar last
year in the Spring, the students really got excited about teaching and it
brought a new dimension to the course. Please consider volunteering.
Thanks all and I am glad the list is back up. I missed talking to everyone.
Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.