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University of Iowa

Art Education

Culturally Relevant

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Culturally Relevant Teaching In The Art Classroom, Rachael Marie Ayers-Arnone May 2012

Culturally Relevant Teaching In The Art Classroom, Rachael Marie Ayers-Arnone

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As a practicing in-service teacher, I designed this qualitative study to explore of the use of culturally relevant curriculum in my junior high art classroom. I used participatory action research to complete this research over the span of two school years. This research allowed me to identify the elements necessary to teach a culturally relevant curriculum, such as teacher background, student-centered teaching and school support. This data is combined with stories of my experiences growing up and stories from the field. I detailed and analyzed community performance art, mask-making and installation art projects for effectiveness and student engagement. Focus groups ...