Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Christina D. Chin
Dr. William Charland
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The problem that I researched in today’s art education world is how to teach our art students to be problem solving, confident, independent thinkers. It seems that in a classroom that is supposed to be full of innovation and creativity, it is currently falling flat. Through research, I discovered a teaching methodology called Choice-‐Based Art that claims to eliminate these problems in the art room through student-‐directed learning and choice while still delivering art curriculum. In order to test these theories, I aligned my classroom with the demands of the methodology and planned a field test with two groups of fifth graders.
During this study, I worked with 45 fifth grade students to test the theories of choice-‐based art through pre and post-‐testing, surveys, and formal and informal observations.
I found that students responded well to the choice-‐based art methodology using skills like problem solving, creative ingenuity and perseverance. The outcome was many different interesting works of art that expressed each individual differently.
Moczerad, Hillary K., "Choice--‐Based Art: Students Who Create, Not Replicate" (2015). Master's Theses. 572.