Date Approved

4-25-1995

Embargo Period

9-13-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Art Education

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Levinowitz, Lili

Subject(s)

Art--Study and teaching; Creative ability in children; Education, Elementary--New Jersey

Disciplines

Art Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of elementary classroom teachers toward art and the creative process in their classrooms. The hypotheses of the study focused on teachers' attitudes and uses of art as a means of creativity and enhancement of academic subjects.

Elementary classroom teachers from seven constituent districts to a regional high school in southern New Jersey constituted the sample of the study. Teachers were given a four part questionnaire to complete. The instrument was designed to gather information on demographics, general information about art in the classroom, and attitudes towards art. A total of 175 questionnaires were distributed to ten schools; 122 were returned for a 70 percent response rate. Data were reported in frequencies and percentages for all hypotheses.

Findings from the study confirm that elementary classroom teachers are strongly in favor of art as a subject in their classrooms and incorporate art into other subject areas. Findings also indicate that teachers use art in their classroom instruction to provide alternative means of presenting lessons and to enhance traditional methods of classroom instruction.

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Art Education Commons

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