Preservice art educators and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Fostering teaching and learning experiences through a program-wide curriculum
This presentation will share how the Art Education Program incorporates art education for special populations throughout its course of study, how it is linked to current research and trends in the field, and how it has impacted the educators who have graduated from the program. In addition, the Special Populations professor will share the structure and outcomes of the course, and examples of lessons, assessments, modifications, and student-teacher narratives. A particular focus will be paid to how students with ASD have been addresses in the course, as well as examples of their artwork.
Assistant Professor of Art Education
Moore College of Art and Design (www.moore.edu)
Amanda received her B.A. in Fine Arts and History of Art from Bryn Mawr College (at Haverford) in 1995. She completed her M.A. with Certification in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1998. She holds a NJ Standard Certificate in Art K-12 and a Supervisor’s Certificate. For eleven years she worked as a teacher of art, and ultimately the Arts Department Supervisor, at New Jersey’s largest private day school for students with special needs ages 3-21. In 2006, Amanda joined the AIE Consortium as the Arts Education Associate, managing the Artists-in-Education Program. In 2009, she returned to Teachers College Columbia University to pursue her Ed.D. in Art and Art Education. In 2010 she joined the program as a full-time faculty member coordinating the intensive summer M.A. program in Art and Art Education (INSTEP), supervising student teachers and co-coordinating the MA with Initial certification program. In 2014, she joined Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia as an Assistant Professor in Art Education, and oversees the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs in art education. She has presented at state and national level conferences on art education for diverse learners, was the recent recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Award at Teachers College for outstanding research that will contribute to her field of study, and was named a “Rising Star in Higher Education” by TC Today magazine. She is also an exhibiting photographer and jewelry designer.
Amanda's research interests include working with students with learning differences and the impact of art education on their development and growth as individuals. She is scheduled to defend her dissertation entitled "The Impact of Art Making and Dialogue Around Artworks on the Verbal, Social, and Emotional Development of Adolescents with Classic Autism" in April 2015. In addition to focusing on art education for students with special needs, Amanda's research also delves into assessment practices in art education, preservice teacher education, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and arts administration in higher education, K-12 schools and non-profit arts organization.