Title: Minerva Circle quilt group : community building in art education (abstract)
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Title: Minerva Circle quilt group : community building in art education (abstract)
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Teresa S.
Publisher: University of Florida
Publication Date: 2007
Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Summary of Performance Option in Lieu of Thesis
Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the
Degree of Master of Arts



Teresa S. Davis

December 2007

Chair: Michelle Tillander
Major: Art Education

This project in lieu of thesis explores community-building strategies and develops

teaching techniques that could enhance art education classrooms. The purpose of this

study is to bridge a gap in pedagogy in terms of styles and approaches existing between

healthcare and art education. The research is significant in that it examines community

building strategies used in the Arts in Medicine (AIM) program at the University of

Florida, quilt classes, i.e. Minerva Circle. This project considers the strengths of AIM

community building strategies when applied to art education pedagogy.

Today's society is alienated with fear of terrorism, daily reports of war, and losses

from environmental and manmade disasters on a local and global scale. This project

study challenges ideas of fragmentation and alienation by offering an approach that will

encourage community building, self-expression, and leadership in art education

classrooms. Additionally, this research will define the terms community, community

building, and service learning. Minerva Circle quilt group was examined and offered

substantive insights into community building experiences.

The literature review on educational and leadership psychology includes Abraham

Maslow's Needs Hierarchy and Adlerian Group Theory. Social Emotional Learning

(SEL) is examined for its application in the classroom that compliments the techniques

and strategies in this research. The literature review will define social groups versus

community groups, leadership roles, identity and dynamics of group processes, and

personality types. An assessment of small groups, community strengths, and self-

expression will inform this research. The strategies developed for this project were

inspired from AIM and adapted for use in art classes. They include: teacher efficacy,

space preparation, check-ins, open participation, and unstructured informal class


This research explores community-building strategies, using adult quilt classes,

and exposes techniques that create and enhance community. These quilt classes evolved

into the Minerva Circle quilt group and through their active participation exemplify the

strategies that build community. Insights have been collected from group and individual

interviews, questionnaires, participant observations, field journals, e-mails, and weblog

archives. This methodology is qualitative based on social phenomenology and

ethnography. A pilot study was conducted and results revealed that community building

strategies had the potential to generate and allow creativity and self-expression, which are

vital to healthy individuals. Findings are discussed and implications for future studies are

presented. Through this research, community building techniques and strategies will

contribute to ideas used in building community in art education classrooms.

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