Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2018

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

College

College of Education

Department

Education

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Audrey Rabas, Ph.D.

Content Specialist

Meghan Cavalier, Ed.D.

Content Reader

Kallie Dace, Ed.D.

Keywords

art, blended learning, engagement, learning management system (LMS), middle school, personalized learning, student-centered learning

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory qualitative case study was to explore the actions of one middle school art teacher implementing blended learning methods in an eighth grade art class to understand what effect the art teacher perceives blended learning has on eighth grade middle school art students’ engagement in the subject matter. Mezirow’s Transformational Theory was the framework that guided the study. The study was conducted in a rural middle school located in the Midwest region of the United States over a nine-week period focusing on one middle school art teacher and an eighth grade art class using blended learning strategies. Data was collected through observations, interviews, and document analysis and then coded based on themes relating to the three research questions. The first research question considered art classroom norms, routines, and classroom expectations and whether they were used to support the implementation of blended learning strategies. The second question focused on the NCAS connecting to the blended learning instructional material. The final research question examined student-centered instructional strategies implemented to engage students individually in a blended learning environment. The data was triangulated to assure accuracy in the results, which found that blended learning was perceived by the art teacher in the study to support student engagement in the subject matter. The art teacher perceived increased student interaction with the blended learning resources provided in the Schoology learning management system (LMS). Further possible research could include a study regarding art teachers’ perceptions in middle school art classes using blended learning to compare the results from a larger sample size.

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