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  • 1. Visual Culture Research in K-8 Partnership School This research project is supported by Northern Illinois University Center for P-20 Engagement.
  • 2. Debbie tells the history of St Mary partnership and gives an overview of the project. 5-8 minutes. Overview of the Project
  • 3. School of Art Art and Design Education
  • 4. St. Mary School, DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • 5. Visual Culture History Phenomena Codes Culture The Arts Images Audios Videos Languages Teaching Social Cultural Political Critical Contextual Conceptual Visual Literacy Visual, Textual, Verbal Learning Tasks
  • 6. Art Teacher Preparation Christine (342) & Kryssi (344) five sides per course 8-10 minutes each
  • 7. Lesson Plans 7 th grade lessons 3 rd grade lessons Fall 2009
    • My personal web of dreams: Dream catcher
    • Myself as a marionette
    • The exquisite corpse
    • Trying on my personified tee-shirt
    • Journey through day
    • Sounds through the seasons
    • Animal vessels
    Spring 2010
    • “ Value” self-portraits
    • Environmental tapestries
    • Environmental heroes and villains comic books
    • Changing it up: Critiquing product packages
    • Comic books and character design as artists see people and community 
    • Underwater exploration
    • Clay vessels representing nature
    • The exquisite corpse
    8 th grade lessons 4 th grade lessons Fall 2010
    • Kryssi
    • Kryssi
  • 8. NIU students’ lesson presentations Each participating student presents five minutes of his/her lesson with three slides (carefully select 4-6 student presenters)
  • 9. Timeframe of the first year study
    • Aug 2009 , Pretest
    • St Mary-DeKalb, 3th and 7th Grades (Experimental Groups)
    • St. Mary –Sycamore, 3rd and 7th Grades (Control Groups)
    • Sept-Nov 2009
    • Art lessons taught by NIU art education students at St Mary-DeKalb
    • Feb-April 2010
    • Art lessons taught by NIU art education students at St Mary-DeKalb
    • April 2010 , Posttest
    • St Mary-DeKalb, 3th and 7th Grades (Experimental Groups)
    • St. Mary –Sycamore, 3rd and 7th Grades (Control Groups)
    • End of First Year Study
    Shei-chau reports the process of tests and findings 8 minutes
  • 10.
    • The purpose of both the pretest and post-test was to examine students’ interpretation of given images.
    • We analyzed students’
    • Description
    • Narration
    • Emotional response
    • Social awareness
    Grade 3 Grade 7 Questions in the test: Describe what you see in each picture, tell the story of this picture, and explain how this picture makes you feel.
  • 11. Data Analysis Statistical report will be added by Shei-chau
  • 12. Major Findings (First Year)
    • The art instruction with visual cultural approach
    • Has changed students’ ways of seeing, creating, and describing art in-depth.
    • Has helped students to develop their awareness of social, cultural, political, and other issues surrounding them.
    • Has improved students’ skills in writing about images they were seeing.
    • Was a factor in this improvement.
    Debbie and Kryssi lead discussion (the last two slides before “Thank You” page.
  • 13. The second-year investigations
    • The study continues to examine
    • Students’ conceptual and cognitive development in visual culture and literacy.
    • Pre-service teachers’ preparation of instruction about issues in visual culture.
  • 14. Faculty Representatives: Student Representatives: Northern Illinois University School of Art, Art and Design Education