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Re: [teacherartexchange] What is TAB?


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 14 2006 - 05:01:13 PDT

Thanks for answering my question.

How would you say that this approach is different or not, than say, a
constructivist teaching philosophy? Do you see TAB as a constructivist
approach or do you see it as something totally different? From the description
you provided, it seems TAB is similar to a constructivist approach, but I am not
sure. What do you think?

Cheers and kind regards,


Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
> <<
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Diane C. Gregory Subject: [teacherartexchange] What is TAB?
>    Please give a brief explanation of TAB.>
> Hi Diane!  We have written back and forth before.  Your question is
> welcome.  In educational movements, finding a good descriptive name is
> one of the challenges.  We feel that we are a movement, and one that
> differs from many others in that we began not in higher education
> research, but in individual classrooms nearly thirty years ago.  The
> Internet has allowed us to connect with other interested teachers.
> Diane Jaquith, of Newton, Massachusetts, addressed the name confusion
> in a short essay that she published in 2005.  I will repreduce it here
> as she says it better than I do...
> <<
> We recognize that there are many varied ways of offering choice in art
> education, and that many art educators do so in varying degrees
> depending upon their particular art programs and district requirements.
> [our] listserv supports teachers who are developing, have developed or
> plan to develop an art program with the purpose of providing students
> maximum choices in their art making experiences in the classroom.
> We???ve noticed that the terms ???Choice-based,??? ???Teaching for Artistic
> Behavior,??? ???TAB,??? and ???Centers approach??? are often interchanged. In
> response to a request for clarification of the terms, here are some
> definitions that we use in our teaching.
> CHOICE-BASED ART EDUCATION regards students as artists and offers them
> real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through
> the making of art. This concept supports multiple modes of learning and
> teaching for the diverse needs of students. In the learning
> environment, resources and opportunities to construct knowledge and
> meaning in the process of making art are provided. Choice-Based Art
> Education utilizes multiple forms of assessment to support student and
> teacher growth.
> If you offer your students full choice most of the time, then you are a
> choice-based art educator.
> brings together choice-based art programs from around the United
> States. The concept emerged over 30 years ago in Massachusetts
> classrooms through the need for more authentic art making experiences.
> United through Massachusetts College of Art (MCA), teachers working in
> isolation discovered others who also held belief in the child as the
> artist. With the support of MCA, NAEA and The Education Alliance at
> Brown University, the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Partnership (TAB)
> was formed in 2001. Since then, TAB has become a visible presence
> online, at NAEA conferences, and at regional gatherings.
> All choice-based art educators are welcome as members of the Teaching
> for Artistic Behavior Partnership. As a member of TAB, you are likely a
> choice-based art educator, or friend of choice-based art education.
> A CENTERS APPROACH reflects the learning environment, with different
> learning centers set up in the classroom. Commonly seen in primary
> classrooms, centers offer students a focused learning experience. Most
> choice-based art programs offer separate media centers, such as
> painting, clay, printmaking, etc. These centers function as mini art
> studios, complete with instructional information printed on menus,
> resources, materials and tools. Students move independently between
> centers, utilizing materials, tools and resources as needed in their
> art making.
> Centers refer to the learning environment, and are not a methodology.
> You cannot be a ???centers-based??? educator, but you can be a choice-based
> educator who provides centers in your classroom. >> copyright Diane
> Jaquith, 2005.
> We are struggling through the final rewrites of a textbook covering
> this approach.  We will happily publish information on it here when it
> is complete; in the meantime, please visit the dept. of education
> funded and our listserv at
> We would love comments and questions!
> kathy douglas
> in massachusetts, packing up her room now that the art show is done!
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