UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Ang, Angelia Ying Chuang
National Institute of Education
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An Academic Exercise submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


This study results from an interest to inquire as to whether Singapore students enjoy their local art lessons. It also seeks to find out about the students' conceptions of the visual arts. Hence an investigation of Lower Secondary students' views towards art and art lessons in Singapore was conducted through a comparative study of three specific programmes in three Singapore schools. The three programmes are namely,

1) The General Art Programme (GAP)

2) The Gifted Education Programme (GEP)

3) The Art Elective Programme IAEP)

The findings revealed that the majority of the three programmes that were surveyed had a sound and wide understanding of art and its significance. Most of them also had a positive regard for art due to personal interests and the teacher's direct influence. The results showed that the teacher's role as a receptive guide is crucial in motivating the students' art making experience. This affirms the teacher's role of being a direct and powerful influence in motivating all kinds of learners.

As perceptions and attitudes of people change over time, the findings reflect the current views (2002) and attitudes of Lower Secondary students' perceptions amongst the GAP, AEP and GEP since the implementation of the new art syllabus in schools. This comparative study also reflected the different effectiveness and successes of each programme. It also affirms the importance of the learner centred and constructivist theories in understanding the learners' disposition and in building a conducive teaching and learning environment in an art classroom.

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