Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Paul Sproll
In the past few decades, it has been established that the dominant model of art education focuses on a reductive and rigid approach to building knowledge, enforcing conformity of the mind and often dulling curiosity. Making sense of these limitations, the current study delves in an exploration of multisensory practices, an approach that might result in considering options for redesigning the system to support positive change. To do so, my methodology includes a literature review and a case study I conducted with high school students in the 10th grade. The review pertaining to the science and theory behind human senses, photography in the context of multisensory ideas, and multisensory learning and teaching practices in art education. With the case study I was both the teacher and researcher and is presented in a qualitative manner. Concretely, this thesis supports the implementation of multisensory practices in art education and translates significant gains because of the observed positive outcomes that include, but are not limited to, better memorization, an increased sense of empathy, embodiment of complex subjects, augmented creativity and problem-solving skills.
St Pierre, Melissa, "An exploration of multisensory practices and its value in K-12 Art Education" (2020). Masters Theses. 611.
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