Experiences of artists and artist-teachers involved in teacher professional development programs
Upitis, R. (2005). Experiences of artists and artist-teachers involved in teacher professional development programs. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 6, 1-11.
This study describes the impact of two professional development programs on artists. The goal of the professional development programs was to help teachers teach in and through the arts by partnering with an artist. The researcher used data from interviews, focus groups, and surveys to learn about the experiences of artists who partner with teachers. The findings show the program had an impact on the artists in four areas: (1) positive influence on the artists’ art; (2) perceived challenges to arts in public education, (3) positive attitudes toward teachers; and (4) beliefs about the benefits of the arts for students.
- The professional development program had a positive influence on the artists’ art.
- Artists believed challenges to arts in public education included not having enough time to plan arts, and an over-emphasis on curriculum, assessment, and standards. Other challenges are that teachers do not have enough time to engage in professional development programs which lead to problems with implementing the program, teachers and artist do not have enough space to work, and many students have very little exposure to the arts.
- The artists changed their view of the teaching profession and after participating in the program had more positive attitudes toward teachers. Participation in the program also changed the artists’ beliefs about the benefits of the arts for students. Artists believed the arts help students understand and remember concepts, facilitate learning, and change students’ perceptions of who an artist is when children are allowed opportunities to work with an artist.