This dissertation looks at how White teachers of Native students learn to
implement a culturally based art curriculum. I focus on two teachers over the course of 1
school year who have differing degrees of success in using this type of art curriculum to
determine the factors important for teaching in this way and how they can be supported
and promoted though the process.
My study looks at the following questions:
1. How do teachers implement culturally based art curriculum in the
a. What art practices and processes are used to engage students?
b. What culture-based resources are included?
2. What impact does the curriculum have on the dynamics of the classroom
in terms of patterns of discourse and student learning?
a. Is there a thirdspace operating in the classroom?
b. What are the characteristics of this space? How is it functioning?
3. What enables or constrains the teachers’ ability to achieve her pedagogical goals in teaching this curriculum?
The work of culture-based arts integration is the act of bridging native art and
culture with the traditional constructs of the k–12 schooling system. This work of
integrating two constructs usually does not result in one changed classroom, but a
“thirdspace” of hybrid knowledge and experience. Following the lead of many scholars, (Gutierrez, Baquedano-Lopez, Tejeda, & Rivera, 1999; Moje, Ciechanowski, Kramer,
Ellis, Carrillo, & Collazo, 2004) I call this observed classroom space, a place of cultural
To examine these questions, I developed two case studies and a cross case
analysis. I explored the development of what theorists term a “thirdspace” (Cook, 2005;
Dunlop, 1999; Lipka, Brenner, &Sharp, 2005; Moje et al., 2004), along with the critical
and social theories of American Indian education to develop a model of professional
development that promotes the creation of cultural bricolage in classrooms as a
productive approach to integrating culturally based curricula, as well as arts based curricula.
Although this study looks at the use of culturally based art curricula for American
Indian students, I believe there will be implications for teachers in diverse situations, who
work in classrooms with students who are culturally and racially different from
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. July 2010. Major: Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Advisors:Cynthia Lewis, James Bequette. 1 computer file (PDF); x, 194 pages, appendices A-F.
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