Term

Fall 11-23-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Larry Hale

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jennifer Hale

Abstract

The research addressed was, how does drawing training impact the observational abilities of students? The list of motivating factors for this capstone includes students exhibiting a lack of ability to sit still and observe details of the world around them as well as exhibiting a lack of ability to design and communicate through drawings used in engineering. The author teaches art and science and has experienced these deficiencies. The author used an in-class project currently in the curriculum as the basis for the research. This project involved observing a reptile habitat as a subject for drawing. Betty Edwards’ book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (1999) was a key influence and resource for analyzing and supporting the impact drawing training has on observational skills in science class, but also in being a more complete observer of the world these students live.

Research Methodology

Observation, Drawing analyses

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