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Students as agents in the creation of knowledge:
Incorporating voice and ownership through art-based projects
Author: Becky Beal, Professor of Kinesiology
Developed from many of my colleagues' work and feedback
As I reflect on my teaching and in what ways I can be more culturally inclusive, I have found that I need to be as in tune to my students as possible and to create spaces where I actively pay attention and respond to where they are coming from. For me, this means letting go of some of the faculty-driven structure of courses and allowing for (and expecting) the students to take ownership of the learning process. Incorporating art-based projects has been one successful means of facilitating this type of learning environment.
Below are my main goals for this type of assignment and a few examples from different courses.
Goals and upside:
- Encourages students to put their 'self' or voice into the project. They are the ones creating parameters of the art project and negotiating how they do the work.
- Enhances students' awareness that creating a position or an argument is a process grounded in thoughtful dialogue with each other but also with "academics" as represented by key concepts of course materials.
- Enhances the awareness that their positions are relational and, in turn, that knowledge is relational and political. In short, that knowledge has personal/political significance.
- MESSY – process can be frustrating as there is no pre-determined "correct answers." Therefore, it's more "inefficient" and can be more challenging as it opposes the notion that being successful in class is simply "ticking off a box" or "jumping through a hoop."
- Also challenging as it requires consistent communication and negotiation with self and others about the logic and implications of one's position
- Not all students are comfortable in this environment, which is why in particular courses it is provided as an option to more traditional forms of research.
Two main objectives of this assignment are (1) to ensure that each person in the class can articulate the main objective of the tunnel of oppression, and (2) to ensure that each person knows what role or task they are to complete for the tunnel project
Please word process, single space, and keep to one page. Be sure to list your name and the group you are in (floor, wall, or poster)
We have agreed to use the theme of racism in the NFL. We agreed that the goal is to illustrate how racial ideologies are expressed in the NFL which serve to reinforce white privilege/power.
- Identify and describe how the project will demonstrate structural level of racial formation
- Identify and describe how the project will demonstrate cultural level of racial formation
- Identify and describe your specific task to accomplish
- Identify what materials you need to complete task
- Identify what support you may need from your group and Dr. Beal or Dr. Atencio
Assessment of the Tunnel of Oppression Project
The main objective of this assignment is to provide feedback to yourself and to me about what worked and what needed improvement on this project.
- Identify and describe what you felt was the main theme of our class's project. In what ways did the room deliver that theme well, and in what ways could have it been improved?
- Identify one of the other rooms that you feel was most powerful, and explain why it was meaningful to you. In what ways did it convey a powerful message.
This assignment requires you to create a short video or other mediated text that raises awareness or makes commentary on power dynamics within sport. This can be done in many fashions from serious documentary videos to humorous interpretations that provide unexpected ways to illuminate politics in sport and physical activity.
If you make a video, it should be less than 5 minutes. You may also create a static media piece, or if you have other ideas, then be sure to check with me. Whatever form of media you create, you will be asked to include an artists' statement that addresses:
Your propose or message
What is the your main message and who is the audience you are addressing
Explain why you chose the topic
What is the importance of your topic for you and for the audience you are addressing
A synthesis of your critical summaries
What have other researchers identified as crucial with respect to your topic
An explanation of how your critical summaries informed your project
Explain how other's research helped you frame your media project
Need to properly cite within the body of your paper as well as having a complete reference list.