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The Impact of Thinking Strategies on High Schools Students in the Art Classroom Open Access

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The ability to think critically is an essential skill all students need to develop. This qualitative research examines how two art teachers used a variety of thinking strategies with their high school students. For the purposes of this study thinking strategies are defined as a pedagogical method that uses thinking routines and the Eight Habits of Mind (reflect, observe, understand the art world, develop craft, envision, express, and stretch and explore) framework to promote reflective behavior in conjunction with problem solving, problem seeking, and understanding in the visual arts (Hetland, Winner, Veenema, & Sheridan, 2007). The results demonstrate the effectiveness of reflective thinking practices with students in a student-led classroom. Visual Journals are used as an assessment tool to record students' reflective thinking and artistic development during the art making process.

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