A Classroom Study of Artistics Characteristics of Boys and Girls
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Finding equality for both boys and girls in the art classroom can be challenging, especially when external factors such as societal and media influence come into play. The art classroom is a place where student interest, skill level, student-driven content choice, exploration of materials, and expression all come into play. This research paper strives to uncover specific artistic and behavioral traits in middle school boys and girls at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, Washington (a suburb of Seattle) and determines how, in this particular setting, these traits compare and contrast in terms of gender. The researcher strives to come to a better understanding of how boys and girls experience art class, and takes several strategic steps to uncover stereotypes and truths about the behavior of young males and females in an art educational setting. Detailed information about the participants within this study, as well as documented feedback from parents and education professionals, are included in the analysis of the specific gender traits within this small study. Additionally, participants commented on gender issues as a general topic. Finally, literature published on the topic of gender studies is used to support the findings, and in supporting the researching in making applicable recommendations and alterations in the classroom in regards to gender issues. The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the artistic and behavioral characteristics of middle school boys and girls, and to create awareness in the classroom that celebrates and honors those skill-sets, interests, and needs.
This is a study about gender issues in the middle school art classroom.