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Cathy Smilan

Professor / MAE Graduate Program Director & Art Education Coordinator

Art Education, Art History & Media Studies

508-910-6594

csmilan@umassd.edu

College of Visual & Performing Arts 352A

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Guides students in the development of a thesis inquiry demonstrating mastery in an area of individual focus in art education. Inquiry through a multitude of contemporary art education research methodologies, includes grounded theory, visual documentation analysis, action research, program evaluation, quasi-experimental design, meta-analysis of art education studies, historical methodologies, and various other aspects of qualitative and quantitative inquiry. Methodological selection fitting the investigation is guided by the instructor, but is ultimately made by the student.

Focuses on action research, the study of one's classroom practice. Students design study models and implement them in their own classrooms or in other situations with K-12 learners (for those who are not currently teaching). The premise of this course is that teachers are change agents in their own classrooms who must engage in reflective practice to become more effective educators.
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Relationships between philosophical influences and historical practices in art education. Writing by prominent educators that provide a philosophical framework for analysis of theories and current trends in teaching art will be discussed. Theories will be set in a social context in order to describe how the general period and the specific history shaped the field of art education. Comparative historical and contemporary interpretations will also be explored along with a written review of the literature. Fifteen practicum hours required outside of class.
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Expansion of studio media experiences through exploration of materials and techniques. MAE students will explore a variety of studio media and processes, creating art and applying this practical art knowledge to their art teaching. Art Education faculty will supervise translation into teaching practice, as applicable, and coordinate studio space and other resources. This course is required for students electing for an ARH focus within the MAE program. Open to upper level AED/BFA students with permission of instructor.
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Application of visual studio skills in the exploration of student developed inquiry question. Rigorous examination of studio practice from a research and theoretical perspective is designed to help students apply their studio practice to their teaching practice, thus informing both methodologies. Visual documentation analysis is explored from the perspective of artist/researcher/teacher through utilization of the Arts-based research paradigm in arts education.
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Experimental uses of materials and methods and their didactic implications. This course seeks to develop skills in designing curricula for varied age groups which focus on the expressive range of each media. Students will meet for studio-based sessions to explore alternative media and techniques and pursue ideas to create art objects and design lessons and units with which these same ideas may be taught to others. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, students seeking teaching certification in either PK-9 or 5-12 will have readings and field practicum specifically for the intended age range. Students aiming for careers other than teaching will do readings and a field practicum appropriate to those career goals.
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