Cross-cultural understanding through art appreciation
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This study endeavors to facilitate students’ cross-cultural understanding through a constructivist art appreciation curriculum. My curriculum research combines philosophical and practical inquiries, in which the theoretical framework and the pilot study give insights to the idea of cross-cultural understanding, achieved though an art appreciation curriculum and constructivist pedagogy. Drawing insights from theory and informal studies into pedagogy and content, the curriculum combines constructivist and humanistic approaches and compares themes between Eastern and Western aesthetics across a broad expanse of time. The culture content connects to life experiences and social issues pertinent to American undergraduate students. The teaching strategies and assessments are process-oriented and based on constructivist ideas. To meet students’ needs and interests, they incorporate diverse means, including group discussions, presentations, visual journals, art criticism, art-making and online-forums. This curriculum endeavors to facilitate the process of students’ construction of knowledge as well as the discovery of the complexity of culture and development of an open attitude toward other cultures.