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“Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call”: Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and Practices in Teacher Education
 

“Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call”: Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and Practices in Teacher Education

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Presentation at the National Art Education Association Conference, this spring, 2009. Multi-year research with partner, Dr. Allen Trent at the University of Wyoming.

Presentation at the National Art Education Association Conference, this spring, 2009. Multi-year research with partner, Dr. Allen Trent at the University of Wyoming.

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“Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call”: Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and Practices in Teacher Education “Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call”: Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and Practices in Teacher Education Presentation Transcript

  • “ Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call ” : Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and Practices in Teacher Education
    • NAEA 2009
    • Allen Trent (University of Wyoming)
    • Kerrita Mayfield (Elmira College)
    • Bibliography Handout & Slides: (www.uwyo.edu/edstudies/directory.asp)
  • Project Description
    • Research and activities facilitated in teacher education courses designed to help preservice teachers examine, critique, and create representations of democratic ideals and practices.
    • Democracy as a personal and professional practice.
  • Session Plan
    • Overview course activities and research
    • Coding student artwork
    • Discuss emergent coding structures (participants and AT/KM)
  • Research Questions
    • In what ways can teachers/teacher educators shape experiences that facilitate students’ acquisition of democratic skills, understandings and dispositions?
    • What are preservice teachers’ ideas, theories and feelings about teaching in a democracy?
    • How do these preservice teachers visually represent their conceptualizations/ideals of democratic processes/practices?
    • What icons or symbols do they use to represent democratic practices?
  • Democracy and Art - activities with pre-service teachers
    • Small group discussions - symbols of democracy: words? images?
    • Matrix (personal and professional views)
    • *View and discuss images
    • *Collage studio projects & narratives
    • *Share, discuss, critique
  • Teaching Aims
        • キ Explicitly discuss citizenship and democratic teaching.
        • キ Critique images and symbols as they relate to democracy.
        • キ Practice and model democratic skills and dispositions.
        • キ Create visual and narrative representations of democracy.
        • キ Relate personal understandings to practice.
  • Collage and Statement Guidelines
    • Having viewed and discussed a variety of images that portray democracy/ democratic practices/perspectives, you will now create your own democracy related image/collage.
    • Create a representation of one/some of your views on the role and/or practices of democracy in the US generally, or on education/teaching in a democracy specifically.
    • Articulate what your collage represents and why? (artists’ statements)
  • Image Selection Criteria
    • International - images created outside U.S. - perceptions of government, U.S. - acts of democracy.
    • Modern - images from latter half of the 20th century.
    • Historical - images from first part of the 20th century or last part of the 19th century.
    • Postmodern - images that appropriate previously produced commercial images.
    • Political - images created to reference or support a political movement.
  • Image discussion Qs
    • What story does the image tell?
    • What does the image say about democracy generally? In the US?
    • In what ways does the image relate to the current democratic context?
    • What are other/different possible interpretations of the image?
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  • Coding Images
    • In small groups view and discuss collage and artist statement samples
    • What labels and categories would you attach to various collage and statement elements?
    • What themes do you see within and across the pieces?
  • Allen…
    • Do we want to put a task timer slide in here?
  • Kerrita & Allen’s image coding
    • Monuments and Icons - public art, buildings or symbols that represent public visions or themes of a larger, distinctly American democracy. E.g., military might/implements/dominance, Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, American flags, eagles, voting booths…These commonly accepted items have come to represent a sort of  American democracy shorthand.
    • Community Conceptions - E.g., gathering in public spaces without repercussions. Also community on a smaller scale like friends & family, loved ones
    • Recognition of the Other - Images of "others” in the art work (international, people of color, homosexuality, ability/disability…)
    • Schooling - Depictions that specifically comment (both + & -) on education in a democracy
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  • Holistic Thematic Coding
    • Patriotism via iconography too often presented uncritically.
    • Dominance of military and soldiers as shorthand for an unspoken patriotism
    • Middle class heterosexual whiteness assumed to be the norm
    • Division between images that glorify democracy and those that vilify or critique
    • Feminist lifestyle critique
    • Cooperation within community
    • Hopeful visions - acknowledgement of the gap between democratic ideals and reality, but a vision of progress toward more equitable democratic forms and processes
  • Central Citizenship Question of Our Time
    • How can we live together justly, in ways that are mutually satisfying, and which leave our differences, both individual and group, intact and our multiple identities recognized?
    • -Parker, 2003, p. 20
  • LIST OF RESOURCES: http://www.artthreat.net/ http://www.antiwar.com/orig/austin.php?articleid=2318 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/index.html http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIpropaganda.htm http://library.thinkquest.org/18799/intro.html http://www-sul.stanford.edu/africa/southafrica/rsahistory.html http://www.si.edu/about/ http://www.hamptonu.edu/museum/IRAAAcontent.htm http://www.towson.edu/heartfield/lessons/lppolitical.html (LPs) http://www.si.edu/