“ Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call ” : Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and  Practices in Teach...
Project Description <ul><li>Research and activities facilitated in teacher education courses designed to help preservice t...
Session Plan  <ul><li>Overview course activities and research </li></ul><ul><li>Coding student artwork  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Research Questions <ul><li>In what ways can teachers/teacher educators shape experiences that facilitate students’ acquisi...
Democracy and Art -  activities with pre-service teachers  <ul><li>Small group discussions - symbols of democracy:  words?...
Teaching Aims  <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Explicitly discuss citizenship and democratic teaching. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><...
Collage and Statement Guidelines <ul><li>Having viewed and discussed a variety of images that portray democracy/ democrati...
Image Selection Criteria <ul><li>International  - images created outside U.S. - perceptions of government, U.S. - acts of ...
Image discussion Qs <ul><li>What story does the image tell? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the image say about democracy gene...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coding Images <ul><li>In small groups view and discuss collage and artist statement samples </li></ul><ul><li>What labels ...
Allen… <ul><li>Do we want to put a task timer slide in here? </li></ul>
Kerrita & Allen’s image coding  <ul><li>Monuments and Icons  - public art, buildings or symbols that represent public visi...
<ul><li>Community Conceptions  - E.g., gathering in public spaces without repercussions. Also community on a smaller scale...
 
 
Holistic Thematic Coding <ul><li>Patriotism via iconography too often presented uncritically.  </li></ul><ul><li>Dominance...
Central Citizenship  Question of Our Time <ul><li>How can we live together justly, in ways that are mutually satisfying, a...
LIST OF RESOURCES: http://www.artthreat.net/ http://www.antiwar.com/orig/austin.php?articleid=2318 http://www.archives.gov...
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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

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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.

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    1. 1. “ Hello, It’s Your Wake Up Call ” : Images and Narratives as Tools for Exploring Democratic Ideals and Practices in Teacher Education <ul><li>NAEA 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Allen Trent (University of Wyoming) </li></ul><ul><li>Kerrita Mayfield (Elmira College) </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography Handout & Slides: (www.uwyo.edu/edstudies/directory.asp) </li></ul>
    2. 2. Project Description <ul><li>Research and activities facilitated in teacher education courses designed to help preservice teachers examine, critique, and create representations of democratic ideals and practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy as a personal and professional practice. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Session Plan <ul><li>Overview course activities and research </li></ul><ul><li>Coding student artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss emergent coding structures (participants and AT/KM) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Research Questions <ul><li>In what ways can teachers/teacher educators shape experiences that facilitate students’ acquisition of democratic skills, understandings and dispositions? </li></ul><ul><li>What are preservice teachers’ ideas, theories and feelings about teaching in a democracy? </li></ul><ul><li>How do these preservice teachers visually represent their conceptualizations/ideals of democratic processes/practices? </li></ul><ul><li>What icons or symbols do they use to represent democratic practices? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Democracy and Art - activities with pre-service teachers <ul><li>Small group discussions - symbols of democracy: words? images? </li></ul><ul><li>Matrix (personal and professional views) </li></ul><ul><li>*View and discuss images </li></ul><ul><li>*Collage studio projects & narratives </li></ul><ul><li>*Share, discuss, critique </li></ul>
    6. 6. Teaching Aims <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Explicitly discuss citizenship and democratic teaching. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Critique images and symbols as they relate to democracy. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Practice and model democratic skills and dispositions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Create visual and narrative representations of democracy. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Relate personal understandings to practice. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Collage and Statement Guidelines <ul><li>Having viewed and discussed a variety of images that portray democracy/ democratic practices/perspectives, you will now create your own democracy related image/collage. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate what your collage represents and why? (artists’ statements) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Image Selection Criteria <ul><li>International - images created outside U.S. - perceptions of government, U.S. - acts of democracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Modern - images from latter half of the 20th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Historical - images from first part of the 20th century or last part of the 19th century. </li></ul><ul><li>Postmodern - images that appropriate previously produced commercial images. </li></ul><ul><li>Political - images created to reference or support a political movement. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Image discussion Qs <ul><li>What story does the image tell? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the image say about democracy generally? In the US? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways does the image relate to the current democratic context? </li></ul><ul><li>What are other/different possible interpretations of the image? </li></ul>
    10. 37. Coding Images <ul><li>In small groups view and discuss collage and artist statement samples </li></ul><ul><li>What labels and categories would you attach to various collage and statement elements? </li></ul><ul><li>What themes do you see within and across the pieces? </li></ul>
    11. 38. Allen… <ul><li>Do we want to put a task timer slide in here? </li></ul>
    12. 39. Kerrita & Allen’s image coding <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    13. 40. <ul><li>Community Conceptions - E.g., gathering in public spaces without repercussions. Also community on a smaller scale like friends & family, loved ones </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of the Other - Images of &quot;others” in the art work (international, people of color, homosexuality, ability/disability…) </li></ul><ul><li>Schooling - Depictions that specifically comment (both + & -) on education in a democracy </li></ul>
    14. 43. Holistic Thematic Coding <ul><li>Patriotism via iconography too often presented uncritically. </li></ul><ul><li>Dominance of military and soldiers as shorthand for an unspoken patriotism </li></ul><ul><li>Middle class heterosexual whiteness assumed to be the norm </li></ul><ul><li>Division between images that glorify democracy and those that vilify or critique </li></ul><ul><li>Feminist lifestyle critique </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation within community </li></ul><ul><li>Hopeful visions - acknowledgement of the gap between democratic ideals and reality, but a vision of progress toward more equitable democratic forms and processes </li></ul>
    15. 44. Central Citizenship Question of Our Time <ul><li>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? </li></ul><ul><li>-Parker, 2003, p. 20 </li></ul>
    16. 45. 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/

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