Research methods with Dr. Tillander
I'm excited but anxious. Decisions need to be made for my capstone topic.. Even though I have been thinking about this for awhile, making a final decision has been difficult. I spent time looking back at previous classwork. In the History of Art Education class I was introduced to the philosophy of Victor D’Amico. His ideas and beliefs relating to art education intrigued me. As a result, I created my final project for the class around D'Amico's Art Carnival, a program he developed for MoMA. During my research I found D’Amico’s philosophy to be a student directed method of teaching that resembles a choice-based art education approach to teaching art that encouraged and promoted creativity. For my capstone I will be researching how the philosophy of Victor D’Amico can be applied in the art classroom of today. I intend to create a website that documents my research and the transition of implementing D’Amico’s philosophy in my classroom. I believe this research is needed because it addresses the importance of studying pioneers in the field of art education and it will provide a guide for other art educators interested in transitioning to a student directed method of teaching that promotes and encourages critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.
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