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A program was developed to improve the attitudes of elementary students toward the artistic experience and the end products of artistic creativity. The targeted population consisted of fifth grade students at a Midwestern elementary school in an affluent suburb. A low level of interest was exhibited by students toward the artwork they produced. This problem manifested itself in the ease by which students were distracted and in a general lack of interest in the production and display of final art products. Analysis of the data collected for this research project revealed that students displayed a lack of confidence in their skills to create an art product. Students did not correlate the process of building artistic skills to skill building in other curriculum subjects, nor did they fully understand how to evaluate their own classroom art products. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable researchers resulted in the selection of four major categories of intervention: develop classroom procedures, improve drawing skills, increase student accountability, and encourage self-assessment. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in student ownership of final art products and improvement in work completion, critical thinking skills, self-assessment, artistic reflection, and time-on-task. Appendixes contain student pre- and post-questionnaires, a parent letter, teacher and parent questionnaires, tally forms for questionnaires, other tally forms, researcher's daily log, rubric for confidence-building lesson, painting worksheet, and student reflection form. (Contains 28 references and 12 figures.) (Author/BT)

Descriptors: Action Research, Art Activities, Art Products, Attitude Change, Classroom Research, Creative Expression, Grade 5, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Student Attitudes, Student Improvement

Autor: Tranquilli, Paulette


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