Visual Thinking Strategies ( VTS ) Curriculum At Avery Trace Middle School

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This chapter provides an analysis of the applied research, experimental design study on the use of the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) curriculum at Avery Trace Middle School. The purpose of the study is determining the effectiveness of VTS in relationship to student reading scores and aesthetic development. This study seeks to provide evidence of academic transfer between the visual arts and reading as well as evidence that the visual arts raises the reading scores in minority populations. Student success was measured through the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) reading test and the VTS writing assessments. The VTS curriculum was the independent variable with the MAP reading scores and VTS assessment scores being the dependent…show more content…
This study collected data in a quarterly period (9 weeks) from students enrolled in a visual arts classroom in 5th, 7th or 8th grade. The experimental group received the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) curriculum whereas the control group received typical art curriculum programming. The two groups were compared on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test by their Fall and Winter MAP reading scores. The groups were also compared by their responses to the pre/post VTS writing assessments as coded to the aesthetic development rubric. MAP reading assessments were scored through test provider. Percentile scores were gathered and collated by the researcher. VTS assessments were coded according to the assessment rubric by the researcher. All data was kept in a password protected computer accessible only by the researcher. Prior to the study, the researcher and visual arts teacher conducted a trial run of the research design for a four-week period with a different sample population. Through the trial run, the visual arts teacher gained familiarity and confidence in conducting VTS assessments and discussions. The teacher also learned some teaching strategies to best guide students through the curriculum. Analysis of Data
This research study started with the broad examination of the effects of the Visual Thinking

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