Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Christina D. Chin

Second Advisor

William Charland, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Abshear, M.F.A.


Art education, education, teaching for artistic behavior, TAB, conceptual framework

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Education in the 21st century is restructuring to meet the needs of an increasingly technological society where learning objectives need to focus more on learning abilities rather than knowledge acquisition. Creativity and authentic learning have been identified as new learning objectives for the 21st century. Throughout the history of education, art education has maintained relevance through the integral role it plays in meeting the learning and developmental needs of our students. Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) offers both a philosophy and practice for relevant 21st century art education.

Through research and deep reflection on my ten year practice as an elementary TAB art educator, I have identified both theory and considerations for practice to help "marry the theoretical with the practical" for those interested in operationalizing TAB as a paradigm for art education. Art educators drawn to TAB benefit from developing a "way of thinking" resulting from understanding the contexts and learning theories underlying the TAB philosophy and its "Three Sentence Curriculum". I have created a conceptual framework illustrating factors in these contexts and the interconnectedness of a TAB practice through the concept of TAB as a learning ecology. Constructing personal understanding through this framework is helpful for the successful design of an art program reflecting the TAB philosophy.