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dc.contributor.advisorBolin, Paul Erik, 1954-
dc.creatorFowles, Courtney Susannah, 1973-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined how seventh-grade and eight-grade Art I students could make integrated connections between the visual arts and a topic of personal significance to them. Additionally, the study focused on how integrating art and a personally selected topic affects students' understandings and attitudes toward the topic and the visual arts. Students first wrote about and researched a personally relevant topic, then made connections between their topics and the visual arts, and finally created an artwork based on their interdisciplinary investigations. The findings of this study support the ideas presented by prominent researchers and art educators who claim that students become more engaged in their learning when they actively construct knowledge derived from real-world problems.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subjectVisual artsen_US
dc.subjectMiddle school studentsen_US
dc.subjectPersonal interestsen_US
dc.titleStudents as choice makers : integrating the visual arts with student issuesen_US
dc.description.departmentArt Educationen_US

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