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Art Museum Educators and Curators: An Examination of Art Interpretation Priorities and Teacher Identities

Abstract The general field of interest of this study was art education in the context of art museums in the United States. The vehicle of a mixed method, descriptive research design was used to investigate whether museum educator and curator participants had tendencies to use personal or communal approaches (Barrett, 2000) to teaching art interpretation to adult visitors. While the personal approach to art interpretation focused on individuals' responses to artworks, the communal approach emphasized the community of art scholars' shared understandings of artworks.

Understanding the communities of practice of the participants was integral to the discovery of meaning in the study's findings. Wenger (1998) introduced the theory of communi... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Schmitt, Rory (Author) / Erickson, Mary L (Advisor) / Toon, Richard (Committee member) / Young, Bernard (Committee member) / Held, Peter (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Art education / art interpretation / art museum education / community of practice / curator / museum educator / teacher persona
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 147 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Curriculum and Instruction 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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