Date of Graduation

Fall 2018


Master of Science in Education in Secondary Education in Art


Art and Design

Committee Chair

Steve Willis


Authentic Learning, choice-based pedagogy, culturally relevant imagery, visual cultural exemplars, multicultural art education, Eurocentric Western fine art, thematic teaching and learning, Visual Culture Art Education

Subject Categories

Adult and Continuing Education | Art and Design | Art Education | Art Practice | Contemporary Art | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Fine Arts | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Secondary Education | Secondary Education and Teaching


Contemporary art pedagogy indicates some educators are using visual cultural exemplars that contain little cultural relevance to many students in their secondary art classrooms. The purpose of this study was to investigate students’ preferences and interests concerning visual imagery as the focus of curricular content in current secondary art classrooms in Southwest Missouri. This investigation began with a review of visual imagery within traditional fine art academies and what role this imagery plays in contemporary art rooms. The research question included: Were current secondary art students more interested in contemporary, culturally relevant imagery or traditional Eurocentric Western fine art imagery? The methodology for this investigation was a descriptive survey design questioning a large population of art students, ranging from foundational to advanced art courses, about preferences of interacting with culturally relevant visual imagery. The findings of the study resulted in student interests blended between appreciation of traditional Eurocentric Western fine art and culturally relevant contemporary art imagery.


© Carly Marie Anderson

Open Access