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NAEA Research Commission - Data Visualization Working Group

DVWG

July 6, 2016. The Data Visualization Working Group is the initial research working group of the Research Commission. The intention of this inaugural working group was to develop procedures for future working groups, including criteria and processes in the Research Commission for endorsing member generated projects.

With the launch of the National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) Research Commission in 2012, Commissioners sought input from NAEA members and constituent groups to identify research needs and interests. In keeping with the goals of the research commission, the needs identified responded to concerns relate to P-16 art classrooms, museums, community arts programs, and other educational settings while advocating for research.

The Data Visualization Working Group (DVWG) was established with a dual purpose. First, it was a response to the Commission’s goal of “Organizational Vibrancy” whereby an approach to using data to increase knowledge was seen as a means of promoting a “culture of research.” Second, data visualization is seen as a possible approach to compiling and analyzing readily available data as sources of information that might address many off the issues raised by the NAEA membership. For example, members sought information on matters such as:

  • Demographic data available from national surveys
  • Student-teacher ratios
  • Distribution of minority art teachers in the U.S.
  • Means in which to conduct participatory research with field members
  • Art education policy and advocacy
  • National surveys with demographic data updated annually

Think Tank Members

  • Yichien Cooper, PhD

    Chair

    Washington State University Tri-Cities, Teaching and Learning

  • Yu-Hsiang Chen, PhD

    Think Tank DVWG

    Teacher of Fine Arts, Taipei Municipal Datong High School

  • Karen Keifer-Boyd, PhD

    Professor of Art Education & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    The Pennsylvania State University

  • Sheri R. Klein, PhD, MFA

    Artist–Educator–Scholar

  • Richard Siegesmund, PhD

    Professor Art+Design Education, School of Art and Design

    Northern Illinois University

  • Enid Zimmerman, PhD

    Professor Emerita of Art Education and Gifted and High Ability Education, Indiana University

  • Juan Carlos Castro, PhD

    Associate Chair (Term: 2016-2018)

    Associate Professor, Undergraduate Programs Advisor, Department of Art Education, Faculty of Fine Arts

    Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

  • Chris Grodoski, PhD

    Middle Level Art Educator

    Franklin Middle School, Wheaton, Illinois

Members

  • Yichien Cooper, PhD

    Chair

    Washington State University Tri-Cities, Teaching and Learning

  • Chris Grodoski, PhD

    Middle Level Art Educator

    Franklin Middle School, Wheaton, Illinois

  • Elzbieta Kazmierczak

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Karen Keifer-Boyd, PhD

    Professor of Art Education & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    The Pennsylvania State University

  • Sheri R. Klein, PhD, MFA

    Artist–Educator–Scholar

  • Dr. Renee Sandell

    Program Director/Founder/Artist/Educator

  • Richard Siegesmund, PhD

    Professor Art+Design Education, School of Art and Design

    Northern Illinois University

  • Justin P. Sutters, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Art Education, Director, Master of Arts in Education (MAT)

    George Mason University

  • Bob Sweeny, PhD

    Professor, Art Education, Program Coordinator, Art Education

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Pamelia D. Valentine M.I.T.

    NBCT, EAYA Visual Arts, WAEA Co-President

  • Amber Ward

    Assistant Professor, Art Education

    California State University

  • Libba Willcox

    Associate Instructor

    Indiana University - Bloomington

  • Lihua Xu, PhD

    College of Education and Human Performance

    University of Central Florida

  • Enid Zimmerman, PhD

    Professor Emerita of Art Education and Gifted and High Ability Education, Indiana University

2015 Update
After launching the DVWG and inviting NAEA members, over 30 art educators representing all levels from the field responded to participate. Interests from this group were surveyed and in San Diego, many shared the methods, topics and issues germane to their data visualization interests.  Data Visualization Working Group members have hosted a number of Interactive Café Events over the past year and a half, all of which are archived on the Café site. Additionally at least a half dozen sessions extended the work of the Data Visualization Working Group during the New Orleans Convention.

One of these included a follow-up to the San Diego presentations; this session was organized around the four topics of the Research Agenda. Each review refined knowledge about the interests and needs of data visualization within the NAEA.   

  • The Assessment and Evaluation Review was led by Pam Taylor
  • The Demographic Data Review was led by Justin Sutters
  • The Emergent Technology Review was led by Bob Sweeny
  • The Social Justice Review was led by Yichien Cooper, Adriana Katzew, Elka Kazmierczak, and Amber Ward

From this closer look, a number of common themes began to emerge, indicating overlapping interests and possible next steps. It is worth noting, Data Visualization includes a wide range of needs, which members also hold in common. Chief among these is a desire to grow capacities with digital visualization resources. Currently, outreach to these presenters and other DVWG members is underway to gauge their insights on the possibilities of a shared, solidified action in the year ahead.

For more information, please contact Chris Grodoski at cgrodoski@gmail.com.

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