What do you want to investigate in this independent study? Be as specific as possible. Address the following points in your proposal:
- Describe the project. How will you demonstrate and build on previous knowledge about the subject you propose to explore?
- What do you expect to learn from this independent study? What are your outcomes/learning objectives? For example: I want to know more about the Pop Art collection at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. I propose to develop and write three in-depth lesson plans based on Pop Art permanent collection objects at the art museum. Consider multiple outcomes that address your research, process, product, and assessment.
- What will your investigation look like? Identify research methods or techniques that will be used to explore your proposal. For example: Will you research objects in the Pop Art permanent collection of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art and write appropriate lesson plans using entry points? OR Will you create a three-day workshop for ELL students at the middle school level using appropriate accommodations? How will you achieve these plans?
- How will you assess your outcomes/learning objectives for this independent study? For example: I will create a “four scale” rubric. OR I will develop a peer review instrument for my project.
Again, be as specific as possible when constructing your proposal. This will be helpful as you meet with your instructor and develop your contract.
Proposal Example: The Representation of Housewives in the Media, in the 1950’s
Describe the project. How will you demonstrate and build on previous knowledge about the subject you propose to explore? The purpose of my project is to study how films contributed to the images of married women and observe if these images reflect the ones found in other 50’s media. This subject is personal and appropriate in several ways. As an art and communication double major I have studied both film and other forms of media throughout my college career. I enjoy studying films from all decades and am very interested in the portrayal of women in the mediums of film and music. As a woman this subject is interesting to me, in seeing how far the images of married women have come in fifty years.
My subject matter will include films that were nominated for awards from 1950-1959. For a second media to contrast my findings in the films I will research magazine articles written in the 50’s, intended for married women. To gain a different perspective I will use Life or Look magazines and Time or Newsweek magazines. I will observe the characteristics of the married women and their roles both in society and the family unit. I will compare the images I find to the advice given in the magazine articles.
What do you expect to learn from this independent study? What are your outcomes/learning objectives? As a result of this study, I will be able to:
- Identify themes and images used to “advertise” women’s’ roles in the 1950s.
- Compare and contrast image and text used to “describe” women’s roles in the 1950s.
- Use textual analysis to conduct research.
- Write a fifteen page paper; including findings and evidence supporting conclusions.
What will your investigation look like? For my research I will be viewing the movies nominated for academy awards from 1950-1959. These movies will represent films thought of as “the best of the year” by the academy and will be available on video for me to find. I will also look up old reviews written about the movies during the time period. I will look in archives to find the magazine articles from the 50’s. I will conduct a textural analysis of the films and watch for images that female stars create as the perfect wives. This analysis will also include advertisements. In the magazines I will also be looking for advertisements directed towards women and the images these convey and will continue the textual analysis to articles written specifically for women. I would like to do a fifteen page paper on my research. The paper will include my findings, and the evidence with which I came to my conclusions.
How will you assess your outcomes/learning objectives for this independent study? I will create a rubric using my outcome/learning objectives as criteria. My criteria will be assess as: advanced, proficient, developing, or basic. I will work with my faculty advisory to develop the descriptors for my rubric.
Meeting: To move forward with your independent study, schedule a meeting with the art education faculty member you will be working with for this study opportunity. Bring your proposal with you, a bibliography of potential resources related to your proposal, and a careful review of the documents listed below.
During this meeting, you and the faculty member will identify the dimensions of the proposed independent study, which becomes assessment criteria for scoring your work collaboratively:
- list of concepts, facts, or theories relating to content knowledge of the art discipline or domain involved in the task
- a list of processes and skills related to the art discipline or domain of the task
- a list of core thinking skills and meta-cognitive processes involved in the task
From each list, you will choose several criteria central to the independent study. Additionally, the details of the independent study are reviewed and formalized for final review using the Art Education Independent Study Proposal and Contract.