Project Title

Rise of the Artist Era: Inquiry into the value, challenge, and possibility in Art Education in K-12 schools

Academic department under which the project should be listed

BCOE - Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Faculty Sponsor Name

Sohyun An

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The purpose of my research is to investigate the importance of the arts in K-12 education, as well as to discuss the effectiveness of STEAM-based learning in contrast to STEM. This study is important due to the concerning lack of education on the arts and creativity in our school systems. The arts and creativity K-12 course content lacks sufficient funding, proper content, and overall attention in our educational system. There is an obvious critical need for education on the arts and creativity present in our society today. To invest in innovative workers, creative thinkers, and visionary leaders is to equally educate on the arts in relation to other subjects. To hinder the quantity and quality of art and creativity-based education is to hinder the minds of our future. My methods of research include, various secondary sources and a survey, using Google Forms. The survey gathered results from past students, varying in ages and gender. An analysis of my sources will lead me to a conclusion similar to what I have hypothesized: the survey responses will clearly suggest the gross lack of creativity and arts education in our school’s curriculum, and the importance of integrating this into our schools. When this important subject is taught, it is without opportunity for interpretation and understanding perspectives. This research is vital in supporting the movement to better educate K-12 students on the arts. I propose integrating the arts into non-arts related subjects, and the introduction of more arts-related classes into the K-12 curriculum.

Disciplines

Art Education | Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | Secondary Education

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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Rise of the Artist Era: Inquiry into the value, challenge, and possibility in Art Education in K-12 schools

The purpose of my research is to investigate the importance of the arts in K-12 education, as well as to discuss the effectiveness of STEAM-based learning in contrast to STEM. This study is important due to the concerning lack of education on the arts and creativity in our school systems. The arts and creativity K-12 course content lacks sufficient funding, proper content, and overall attention in our educational system. There is an obvious critical need for education on the arts and creativity present in our society today. To invest in innovative workers, creative thinkers, and visionary leaders is to equally educate on the arts in relation to other subjects. To hinder the quantity and quality of art and creativity-based education is to hinder the minds of our future. My methods of research include, various secondary sources and a survey, using Google Forms. The survey gathered results from past students, varying in ages and gender. An analysis of my sources will lead me to a conclusion similar to what I have hypothesized: the survey responses will clearly suggest the gross lack of creativity and arts education in our school’s curriculum, and the importance of integrating this into our schools. When this important subject is taught, it is without opportunity for interpretation and understanding perspectives. This research is vital in supporting the movement to better educate K-12 students on the arts. I propose integrating the arts into non-arts related subjects, and the introduction of more arts-related classes into the K-12 curriculum.

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