2009 ARTS & EDUCATION FORUM
ARTS INTEGRATION AND TEACHER CHANGE
Download a copy of the comprehensive Report on SCEA’s 2009 Arts & Education Forum: Arts Integration and Teacher Change. The proceedings document is filled with session accounts, participants’ thoughtful ahas and questions, photographs, lessons learned, and musings on the dilemma of a dilemma-based Forum.
SCEA's 2009 Arts & Education Forum took place on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on May 8-9, 2009 to consider dilemmas encountered in providing effective professional development in arts integration.
The meeting was for those who promote and oversee teacher growth and change (e.g. professional development providers, researchers, school administrators, university faculty, teaching artists, teacher leaders, and personnel from arts organizations and state departments).
CHANGING TEACHER PRACTICE
Persuading and enabling teachers to change their practice involves understanding how adults learn best and how they embrace or resist change. Keynote presentations were made by Katie Dawson, Bridget Lee, and Dr. Stephanie Cawthon from The University of Texas at Austin. They reviewed research, issues, and strategies for adult learning and teacher change applicable to arts integration.
The Forum was different from conferences where program overviews and success stories are showcased. Instead, personal narratives stimulated discussions about dilemmas faced by professional development providers seeking to foster teacher change for improving arts integration.
Selected participants shared their stories describing situations and problems they have encountered in designing and implementing professional development in arts integration. Facilitators posed questions to frame discussions and concluded sessions with summaries of key points that participants might incorporate into their practice.
This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission.