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Alternativeness in art education: case studies of art instruction in three non-traditional schools
Theses and Dissertations
  • Karin Lee Tollefson-Hall, University of Iowa
Document Type
Date of Degree
Degree Name
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Degree In
Teaching and Learning
First Advisor
Steve McGuire
First Committee Member
Rachel Williams
Second Committee Member
Christine McCarthy
Third Committee Member
Christopher Roy
Fourth Committee Member
Peter Hlebowitsh

In this study I present case studies of the art classes at three private schools in the Midwest. The schools include a Catholic school, a Mennonite school and a Transcendental Meditation school. In the study I spent time observing art classes at each school for eighteen weeks totaling an average of thirty hours in each school. At the schools I observed the art classes and interviewed the art teachers, administrators and students in order to be able to describe the history and philosophy of each school as well as the art teaching and learning that occur in the art classes. The purpose of the study is not to determine which school is best or if they are better than public schools, but to present descriptions of art classes in nontraditional settings. Accomplishing this inquiry presented the possibility of drawing out unique or innovative teaching practices that could be implemented in any art classroom to improve the quality of education.

  • art education,
  • case studies,
  • private schools
vii, 144 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-144).
Copyright 2009 Karin Lee Tollefson-Hall
Citation Information
Karin Lee Tollefson-Hall. "Alternativeness in art education: case studies of art instruction in three non-traditional schools" (2009)
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