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Research by vicki, next phase!


Date: Sun May 23 2004 - 20:20:41 PDT

I'mmmmmm bacccckkkkk! My class is called collaborative research, and you, my
dear colleagues, are my chosen group. I want to thank all of you who gave
support and insight during week one, and to all of you who are about to put in
your "two cents".
I decided to study what we, as art teachers have found to be "best practices"
for creating thinkers. There has been a thread here about how artists get
their ideas, I think, (maybe it was all the literature I read...) and that is
"thinking". It seems to me that what we do as teachers isn't so much about the
content we teach, but that we create thinkers, problem solvers. I am embarassed
to say that I have been what I call a "project art teacher". Due, in part,
to not knowing how to get students to think for themselves and perhaps not
having slides or visual materials to give them "jumping off points"; and wrapping
it up in a neat package. (Judy, your site has been the greatest of boons for
art teachers like me)
I would like to brainstorm important factors or issues that relate to
creating an art program that not only lets students enjoy the process of creating (or
making), but gets them to think; preferrably at the higher levels of
thinking. So...
The problem is how to create problem solving thinkers. What are factors,
thoughts and variables you all see in relation to this?
Big loves to you all,
please put in your two cents,
I now know something important about myself: I appreciate research, but it
isn't me. :(