Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
Art and Design
Dr. Melody Milbrandt - Chair
Dr. Paula Eubanks
Dr. Mariama Ross
A reliance on a teacher-centered model of instruction presented the foundation for my research. I chose to investigate constructivist theory and to implement constructivist teaching practices within my art education classroom to determine if constructivist teaching practices would facilitate a shift to a more student-centered learning environment, and to determine if constructivist strategies positively impact student learning. I collected my raw data using autoethnographic recording, documenting my results over a two month period in January and February of 2007 from my experiences as an art educator at a public, Metro-Atlanta elementary school. A positive impact on student learning was observed and the constructivist teaching strategies did produce student-centered learning environments. Based on my experiences constructivist teaching strategies may be beneficial to the creation of student-centered learning environments and assist in broadening student inquiry and investment with lessons.
Heard, John Marlon, "My Experiences Incorporating Constructivist Teaching Strategies within an Art Education Classroom" (2007). Art and Design Theses. Paper 14.