How can students use the arts as part of their lives to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of global issues that effect their world?
Project or Program Summary
Please provide a summary of the project/program as demonstrated in the case study:
The work done in this grant cycle was a continuation of the Arts Lab model developed in the previous year, but with more focus on developing student assessment tools. The assessments done by students in the previous year lacked the scope and breadth of information needed to truly evaluate their progress in the art form, or to express how their work demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of global issues. Therefore, partnering with Dr. Helen Marx from the School of Education at Southern CT State University Arts For Learning CT developed a video interview protocol, and student friendly pre and post questionnaires for students to assess their work. Students also had the ability to critique each others work using Edmodo, a web-based tool the class room teacher in this study utilizes in the class room.
Portfolio Purpose and Rational
Portfolio Purpose and Rationale: Why has this case study been submitted?:
During the many web-ex meetings from the Metlife grant this year (2014), it became apparent that assessment was an area of interest among the affiliates. Arts For Learning CT realized last year at the end of the Metlife grant cycle that student assessment used previously did not provide an accurate picture of what the students were feeling/learning. Knowing that documentation (measurable and non-measurable) provide valuable information for program improvement and potential funding opportunities the case study may provide valuable information for other affiliates.
What are your overall conclusions regarding the documentation gathered for this case study?:
Overall, the assessment tools used (pre and post interviews and questionnaires) both among randomly selected students and the entire group, did provide us with measurable outcomes of student assessment.
What conclusions have you drawn from the responses to the assessment tools you have developed?:
Students of all abilities were able to participate in and express their views regarding their learning and development in an art form and how they could use that art form to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of global issues (in this case, issues in the school community such as obesity, teamwork, recycling).
Answering the Inquiry Question
Back to the initial inquiry question, can it be answered?:
Yes. We saw this last year (see the previous case study). This year we are confident that the students can truly assess their work and determine the scope of their learning.
Conclusions: What Was Learned
What was learned?:
* An interview protocol, including age appropriate language for questioning, was developed and tested. * Age appropriate questionnaires were developed for student use that provided measurable outcomes.
Conclusions: What Can Be Done Differently In The Future
What can be done differently in the future?:
For a longer study period, a mid-stream reflection piece could be added.
Conclusions: How Will This Inform The Work Moving Forward
How will this inform the work moving forward?:
We will be testing the work done on this grant in four other long term residency programs this summer. The questions will be modified for the appropriate art form, and age group. The work done in this project has provided us a tool we can use confidently to assess the impact of our teaching artisst residencies.
Core Content Standards
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Text Types and Purposes
Production and Distribution of Writing
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Range of Writing
Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Conventions of Standard English
Knowledge of Language
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
21st Century Learning Skills
Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
Learning and Innovation / Creativity and Innovation:
Work Creatively with Others
Learning and Innovation / Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
Use Systems Thinking
Make Judgments and Decisions
Learning and Innovation / Communication and Collaboration:
Collaborate with Others
Information, Media and Technology / Information Literacy:
Access and Evaluate Information
Information, Media and Technology / Media Literacy:
Create Media Products
Information, Media and Technology / ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy:
Apply Technology Effectively
Life and Career / Flexibility and Adaptability:
Adapt to Change
Life and Career / Initiative and Self-Direction:
Manage Goals and Time
Be Self-directed Learners
Life and Career / Leadership and Responsiblity:
Guide and Lead Others
National Core Arts Standards
National Core Arts Standards: