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Image-ing Our Foremothers: Art as a Means to Connecting with Women's History

By Kristi L. Palmer

Abstract

This is an 8 week experience for the college student that begins by setting a learning context through using library resources, especially online databases, for locating images and art that reflect a chosen research topic and creating a mural that demonstrates the students’ comprehension of the chosen topic. The experience includes conducting research on 3 significant events or people in women’s US history. The written research will be accompanied by images or art that the student has chosen (described) as reflective of, or related to the researched event or person. In order to determine the students’ level of information literacy, the research will include a detailed description of how the students located the images. The students will also draw or describe a personalized sketch of one of the researched events or people. The culmination of the research is the design and painting of a collaborative mural depicting the students' research topics.This Reusable Learning Object (RLO) was created out of the desire to infuse university courses with information literacy or research activities. A traditional research project on significant events or people in history is enhanced with the discovery and analyzing of art and images within the context of history. Analysis not only includes written text but the painting of a mural. The RLO is structured in a way that allows for easy replication and alteration to a variety of subjects and learning levels.Central Indiana Community Foundation, Library Foundatio

Topics: History, Women's studies, Reusable learning objects, Teaching, Syllabi, Rubrics, Murals, Art in education, Information literacy, School librarian participation in curriculum planning, Curriculum planning, Educational innovations
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.iupui.edu:1805/267
Provided by: IUPUIScholarWorks

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