Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Art
Judith A. Briggs
This research study used a pretest and posttest, classroom discussion, student artwork and artist statements, and interview responses to determine whether integrating postmodern theory and visual culture into the art curriculum encouraged students to think critically. Study participants included eight students at a public junior high school in southwest suburb of Chicago, IL. Overall, students' posttest responses were slightly more thorough and better written. In general, participants agreed that learning about contemporary artists inspired them and helped give them ideas. In an effort to help students think more critically, the study recommends that the art classroom incorporate postmodern theory and visual culture into its curriculum, thereby making contemporary artists the basis of classroom dialogue. The study also recommends incorporating more activities where students practice speaking and writing about artwork.
Lomasney, Kara, "Effects of Integrating Postmodern Theory and Visual Culture into the Art Curriculum" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 581.