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Author Mills, Deborah N.
Title A qualitative study [electronic resource] : integrating art and science in the environment / by Deborah N. Mills.
Publication Info. 2013.
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 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 136 p. : ill.
Note Advisor: Karen Tonso.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Wayne State University, 2013.
Summary The study was used to develop an understanding of the nature of a creative learning experience that incorporated the foundational elements of Reggio Emilia, place-based education, and experience design. The study took place in an urban high school with eight students in an advanced placement art class. The qualitative research project revolved around the pollinator garden that the science teacher planted in the year prior to the study and the garden that was planted in the spring. Students were asked to create an art project that could withstand the Michigan climate. The science teacher lectured on elements of the pollinator garden, with the researcher showing examples of other artist's works found in natural settings. The students were asked to research, develop, and create a unique piece for the garden. The work was to be completed in the 6-week card marking. Qualitative data for the study were collected through the researchers' field notes, personal journal, student journals, interviews, and students' finished projects. After six weeks, the students completed their projects and six of the eight projects were hung in the garden. Participating in the study was the first time in their education that the students had opportunities to be autonomous in choosing their projects, deciding on the appropriate media, and completing the artwork on a specific schedule. During the study, the students became collegial and collaborative, offering suggestions and critiquing each other's work. The students grew educationally in a number of ways. They learned to work independently in planning and completing their art projects. They saw the link between science and art and they moved from being competitive to being cooperative. The students became engage with the environment as well as incorporating elements of the environment in their artwork.
Note Further research is needed to determine if students in high school art classes could link the environment, science, and art to build a more comprehensive, inclusive, and cross curricular learning experience by completing similar projects to enhance their schools environment and develop an understanding of the interconnectedness between education and its practical applications.
Subject Art -- Study and teaching
Environmental education
Education -- Research
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (Ph.D.) : Educational Research and Evaluation
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