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Mystery Ink: A Teacher Self-Study of a Tattoo Art Education Project.


Mystery Ink: A Teacher Self-Study of a Tattoo Art Education Project.

Sciuto, Dana-Marie (2017) Mystery Ink: A Teacher Self-Study of a Tattoo Art Education Project. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This project examines the role of the educator involved in a student-centred, art-based project aimed to increase learning and engagement for at-risk youth in a rural high school. Specifically, a tattoo parlour business in an alternative classroom for at-risk youth was designed, implemented, and studied. In conducting the project, the researcher sought to establish how theory can drive a practical, hands-on project that can be integrated into an alternative classroom setting. This self-study project is inspired by the researcher’s personal educational history and a desire to approach learning from a different angle than that imposed by standardized curriculum and evaluation. It begins with the premise that at-risk youth, who are not served by the mainstream learning path, require a curriculum that targets their interests and motivates them to stay in school. An important corollary to art education, engagement, and at-risk youth is the importance of play in the learning process. The results are examined using Lassonde (2009) and Samaras (2011) self-study methodology and the final outcome of the project includes a teaching portfolio that provides clear instructions for other art educators or alternative educators who wish to incorporate the project into their schools.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Sciuto, Dana-Marie
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art Education
Date:3 April 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Blair, Lorrie
Keywords:Tattoos, at-risk youth, art education, play, alternative education, new teachers, self-study, teaching thesis, teenagers and tattoos, tattoo education
ID Code:982383
Deposited By: Dana Marie Sciuto
Deposited On:14 Jun 2017 15:42
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54


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