Teacher's Perception of Art Education in the Kindergarten Classroom

Graduation Date

Spring 2001

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


Elaine L. Cohen, EdD

First Reader

Kristin Geiser, PhD

Second Reader

Rosemary Dalton, PhD


What role does an art education play in the latest trend to educate the many to obtain high test score results? This study's literature review suggests that the way a child learns can benefit from having a visual arts education and indicates that there are national, state and district resources that can help define standards for visual arts. Unfortunately, these standards are voluntary and not mandated within the schools. This study looks at one Upper Middle Class school district's kindergarten teachers' perceptions of the visual arts in their curriculum which reveals their understanding of a visual arts education and their willingness to access the available resources to help guide their instruction. This study used a questionnaire to answer the research question: "How do district kindergarten teachers perceive visual arts in their program?" and examined the responses of 23 of the 24 suburban district kindergarten teachers in the San Francisco Bay area of California California is currently setting goals pertaining to standards in an art curriculum The State Board of Education is required to adopt content standards

for visual and performing arts, following recommendations developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, on or before June 1, 2001. Although the bill neither requires a school to follow these content standards nor mandates an assessment of its students, this study finds kindergarten teachers in support of an enriched art curriculum. Although their awareness of state, district, and school art standards are not strong, they are willing to further their knowledge and receive support available to implement these standards.

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