Date Approved

5-8-2007

Embargo Period

3-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Subject Matter Teaching: Art

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dammers, Rick

Subject(s)

Art--Study and teaching; Children with visual disabilities

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of a visually impaired student during art instruction. The data was collected using observations of the subject during art class and a series of one-on-one interviews. The subject of the study was a male, second grade, visually impaired student. His optical disorder is known as Micro-Opthalmia/Cataract Syndrome and is a rare condition. Data was interpreted using coding and transcription based on the themes that developed throughout the course of the study. The findings of the study were (a) that the subject has a high level of self-esteem and view of himself as an artist despite his disorder, (b) he has a unique way of adapting to lesson and techniques that have been introduced, (c) his aide and teachers make modifications that are unintentional or specific to his IEP, and (d) the high level of assistance given affects the authenticity of his artwork.

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