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Title:Student identity in college general education art courses
Author(s):Aziz, Allison
Director of Research:Hood, Denice Ward
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hood, Denice Ward
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Pak, Yoon; Huang, Wenhao David; Dhillon, Pradeep
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):art education
general education
Abstract:Art courses are an important component of the general education (GE) program but the importance they serve is often overlooked. GE art courses can help college students understand many aspects of student diversity, including increased awareness of personal and social identity development. This research aims to provide a basis for understanding if students may gain an understanding of personal and social identity through a college GE arts course and in which ways a GE arts course may impact a students’ identity, if any. Using Social Identity Theory (SIT) and Self-Categorization Theory (SCT), as well as the theory of Einfühlung as foundational theories for this research, this study first examines the history of the GE program in higher education in the United States and the importance of art courses within the GE program, various identities of college students, and the role of GE art courses on student identity development. Using the Social and Personal Identities (SIPI) scale, the study examines two groups of GE students (Art GE; non-art GE) over a one-semester period to assess changes related to social identity (SI) and personal identity (PI) factors. The changes in mean scores across the semester are calculated according to the SIPI scale, and additional testing through Paired Samples T-Tests is conducted. The findings indicate that a GE arts course may potentially have an impact on students’ overall SI identity factors over the course of the semester. There is no impact on the students’ overall PI factors as a result of taking an arts GE course. Additional testing found that in comparing individual SI and PI factors, taking a GE arts course was found to potentially increase three (3) of the SI factors, and two (2) of the PI factors over the course of the semester.
Issue Date:2021-04-13
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Allison Aziz
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05

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