I have conducted a qualitative action research project focusing on high school students in a ceramics classroom. In exploring my essential question in this study: How can classroom strategies be altered to produce an encouraging influence on student engagement and motivate them to challenge themselves in their creative development and discover further than what has been asked and expected of them? I include the following descriptors to aid in my research and teaching: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Scaffolding, Evidence-Based Practices, and Education Strategies.

I want to encourage to create an art culture in the students in where (a) students can have meaningful peer-to-peer conversations, (b) use skills and knowledge beyond the art classroom, and (c) have student discover their unique artistic voices. For this research, I taught a classroom of 30 students through a ceramics unit where students would use research, practice writing, and create physical works of art. Students choose what they want to create that reflects the theme given in the lesson, and once they finish, they must complete a self-evaluation of their work.

Exit Requirement

Action Research

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

Committee Chair

Joshua Schulze

Committee Member

Paula Booth


Art, Ceramics, Creativity



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Text; Image; StillImage

Subject Categories

Art and Design

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