Visual arts, technology and education : how can teaching and learning in high school visual arts classrooms be enriched by the use of computer technology?

Duncan, Margot (1995) Visual arts, technology and education : how can teaching and learning in high school visual arts classrooms be enriched by the use of computer technology? Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Whilst a variety of studies has appeared over the last decade addressing the gap between the potential promised by computers and the reality experienced in the classroom by teachers and students, few have specifically addressed the situation as it pertains to the visual arts classroom. The aim of this study was to explore the reality of the classroom use of computers for three visual arts highschool teachers and determine how computer technology might enrich visual arts teaching and learning. An action research approach was employed to enable the researcher to understand the situation from the teachers' points of view while contributing to their professional practice. The wider social context surrounding this study is characterised by an increase in visual communications brought about by rapid advances in computer technology. The powerful combination of visual imagery and computer technology is illustrated by continuing developments in the print, film and television industries. In particular, the recent growth of interactive multimedia epitomises this combination and is significant to this study as it represents a new form of publishing of great interest to educators and artists alike. In this social context, visual arts education has a significant role to play. By cultivating a critical awareness of the implications of technology use and promoting a creative approach to the application of computer technology within the visual arts, visual arts education is in a position to provide an essential service to students who will leave high school to participate in a visual information age as both consumers and producers.

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ID Code: 36494
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Additional Information: Presented to the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Art Study and teaching Technological innovations, thesis, masters
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Margot Duncan
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2013 03:42

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