I am a graduate student at Walden University, currently involved in a
research class. A sixteen year veteran art teacher whose system is crurrently trying
to streamline its’ art curriculum and promote differentiated instruction, I
am researching what are considered to be “best practices” for teaching art and
improving thinking skills.
Most of you have been selected because you are on the ArtsEdNet Talk list
serve and have proven invaluable to me over the years. Others have been selected
because you are involved with art education through arts centers across the
United States. The last group was selected because you are art educators
within my own system.
It is my greatest hope that each of you will respond to this email survey and
help me generate data that will shed light on what our best practices are. I
will post my results to ArtsEdNet Talk in approximately five weeks if you are
interested to see what I’ve found. I will, however, need your responses
within the next two weeks. You may return your survey to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for your time and help,
Please be sure to number your responses relative to the questions and feel
free to make comments as needed.
Survey of Best Practices in Art Education
1. What techniques or activities have you found to be most successful in
2. What techniques or practices do you use to increase student thinking
3. What teaching techniques have been most successful in your classroom for
reaching a variety of learners?
4. how does the physical organization of your room help to spark creativity
and address a variety of learning styles?
5. Is your classroom more student centered or teacher centered?
6. Taking into account the six national visual arts standards, which do you
think are the most important? (rate from one to six, one being least
important and six being most important)
1)Understand and apply visual arts media, techniques, and processes.
2)Use knowledge of visual arts structures and functions.
3)Choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
4)Understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture.
5)Reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merit of their work, and
the work of others.
6)Make connections between visual arts and other disciplines.