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Art educators report grades at which they teach 11 drawing concepts.

Authors
  • 1
  • 1 Department of Art Education, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 232840-3084, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Perceptual and motor skills
Publication Date
Volume
102
Issue
3
Pages
665–682
Identifiers
PMID: 16916146
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to solicit information about the applicability of 11 basic perceptual concepts for instruction in drawing to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. The study is based on responses to a national survey of 750 art educators, 250 in elementary, 250 in middle, and 250 in high school teaching assignments. Among these, 87% were female, 8% were 20 to 29 years old, 15% were 30 to 39 years, 48% were 40 to 49 years, 27% were 50 to 59 years, and 2% were 60 years or older. As few as 35.5% to as many as 48.7% (per concept) of the art educators reported that they teach each of the 11 concepts in elementary grades. Also, from 33.3% to 38.4% (per concept) of these teachers indicated that they stop teaching the 11 target concepts to students in high school. Empirical evidence from psychologists suggested that children gain comprehension of the concepts at differing points in their development. Were art educators employing the information identified by psychological research, their reports might have presented clear distinctions between grades at which each of the 11 concepts are taught. The results are interpreted in light of five possible explanations.

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