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Involving blind and visually impaired pupils in art lessons

Klementina Zavšek (2022) Involving blind and visually impaired pupils in art lessons. Diploma thesis.

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    Blind and visually impaired pupils are part of a group of children with special needs due to deficits related to visual function. Because schools are largely oriented towards the principles of inclusion, the blind and visually impaired are educated in regular educational programs. Since these are individuals who need appropriate adjustments due to their disability, I was most interested in finding how this is reflected in art lessons. What are the ways of giving theoretical explanations of new concepts and realizations of set art activities? That is, how to encourage creativity in a school subject that is distinctly visually oriented. In my thesis, I explored ways in which the blind and visually impaired can be as involved as possible in their art classes, regardless of their shortcomings. In the empirical part, I focused on observing the art lessons of a blind eighth-grader with minimal residual vision. She realized her artistic task, which was tied to human proportions, in the field of sculpture. In addition, after finishing the artwork and completing the art project, I conducted three more interviews with the desire to better understand the problem - with the pupil, her companion and her art pedagogue. I paid attention to how independent the pupil was during the art activity, what dilemmas she faced during the process and where and how her companion and art pedagogue helped her. I found that the pupil was extremely independent and that no major problems arose during the creation part of the process itself. At times, she was helped by her companion with guidance and her art pedagogue with corrections, without interfering too much with the pupil’s artwork. In the interviews, all three participants also answered questions related to the art activity in question and the art lessons in general, thus deepening my empirical work and gaining insight into subjective experiences. The written diploma thesis with its findings and practical implementation has a significant impact on the profession, as it destroys the belief that blind and visually impaired pupils cannot do something but rather expands the knowledge of many possible paths and tools that help pupils understand the subject.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: blind, visually impaired, art classes
    Number of Pages: 44
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Robert PotočnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/113954819
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7253
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2022 08:18
    Last Modified: 06 Jul 2022 08:18
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7253

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