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Findings of visual arts research in early childhood and primary education
Marijana Županić Benić, 2016, review article

Abstract: Arts research was introduced in the field of education during the 1990s by Barone and Eisner, but their methodology is rarely used because it is not considered to be consistent with traditional paradigms of the scientific method. This review identified only seven visual arts research studies in early childhood education and primary education. Four studies were conducted in early childhood education settings, and two of those studies used quantitative methods to investigate the effects of art on early childhood development. The three studies that were conducted in primary education used a case study approach to examine art projects in the community or the classroom. Participation in visual arts was associated with enhanced learning outcomes in other areas and the development of individual and social competences, but it was not found to facilitate the development of age-dependent abilities, such as visual or grapho-motor abilities. Visual arts also proved to be an effective method of communication for children in preschool and primary education institutions because it is easier for them to express their opinions and beliefs to adults with visual media than with words.
Keywords: arts-based research, arts-informed research, preschool, primary school
Published: 21.09.2017; Views: 212; Downloads: 38
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Opinion of Croatian teacher education students regarding the quality of the visual arts teaching didactics course
Marijana Županić Benić, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess student satisfaction with the Visual Arts Teaching Methodology course taught at the Croatian faculties of teacher education and identify important areas for improvement. The students’ open-ended, qualitative responses were reviewed and each response was assigned to one or more of the following categories: teacher performance, student teaching practice, assessment and grading, course organization, availability of learning materials and resources, and student teaching competences. The results indicate that the students are most satisfied with teacher performance, but they are also the least satisfied with course organization and recommend the most improvements in this area.
Keywords: course quality, student satisfaction, student opinions, didactics, visual art didactics
Published: 30.11.2017; Views: 327; Downloads: 161
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