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1998 Doctoral Fellowships in Art Education Awarded by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts

March 27, 1998

How can advanced computer technology influence the way students learn about art? When students visit a museum, how does it effect their understanding of art? American scholar Pamela G. Taylor and Canadian scholar Wan-Chen Liu have each been awarded a $12,500 fellowship by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts to complete their doctoral dissertations, which will examine these questions and more in exploring the overall role of the visual arts in education and school reform.

"These fellowships provide important support to emerging scholars who will help shape the future of art education in our K-12 schools," comments Jeff Patchen, Senior Program Officer of the Getty Education Institute. "We are especially pleased to fund research that promotes a comprehensive approach to learning and teaching art in classrooms in the United States and Canada."

The Education Institute's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Program was established in 1991 to support research in discipline-based art education (DBAE), an approach to teaching art advocated by the Institute as an effective way to stimulate children's creative and intellectual growth. DBAE draws its content from four art disciplines-art making, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics-and proposes that art be included as an integral part of every child's general education.

The Getty Education Institute's 1998 Doctoral Fellows
Wan-Chen Liu attends the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation, An Exploratory, Descriptive Study of Art Museum Educators' Attitudes in Regard to Art Museum-Elementary School Collaborations, will examine attitudes held by professional and volunteer art museum educators working in institutions ranging from small, rural art centers or galleries to major urban museums. Her research is based on the idea that art museum educators can make a significant contribution to a comprehensive art education for all students.
Advisor: Dr. Anna Kindler.

Pamela G. Taylor attends the Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation, Hypertext-based Art Education: Implications for Liberatory Learning in High School, will address how an inquiry-based art education program can be implemented using computer-based hypertext technology. Hypertext, commonly used when putting information up on the Internet, is a system of coding that links electronic documents with each other. She will examine the difference in teaching and learning in art when hypertext is used; the effects of hypertext use on goals for art teaching and learning and on the assessment of student learning; and the influence of hypertext on students' values and aspirations.
Advisor: Dr. Brent Wilson.

Getty Fellows are chosen each year through an open, national competition administered by the Getty Education Institute for the Arts. All applications are reviewed by an independent committee of nationally-recognized scholars in art education. Candidates for either the Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree in the visual arts or related fields of the humanities, with dissertation proposals that have been approved by their doctoral committees, are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate that their work promises to make a substantial and original contribution to discipline-based art education.
The application deadline for the 1999 fellowships is November 1, 1998.

For more information about the Getty Education Institute's Doctoral Fellowships, please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, Senior Program Officer
The Getty Education Institute for the Arts
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1683

1998 Review Committee

Dr. Mary Ann Stankiewicz
Independent scholar and consultant based in Sarasota, Florida
Editor, Art Education, journal of the National Art Education Association

Dr. Georgia Collins
Professor of Art
University of Kentucky in Lexington

Dr. Karen Hamblen
Professor of Art Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge

Dr. Larry A. Kantner
Professor of Art and Art Education and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Missouri in Columbia

Dr. William McCarter
Professor of Art Education and Co-Director
North Texas Institute for Education on the Visual Arts
University of North Texas in Denton

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