Artful Teaching and Visual Instruction in Early 20th-Century North America

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  • SSHRC IG awarded 2021. With this project, I pursue the legacy of influential documentary photographer Lewis Hine, who developed his techniques in the service of his social science teacher role. I examine the historical moments of exchange, influence, or overlap between the worlds of artists and teachers in North America that occurred as part of the early 20th-century Visual Instruction Movement, when art was used to teach, and when teaching tools resembled art. Alongside Hine's efforts to teach social sciences with the camera in 1900s New York -- an instance of teaching tools becoming art -- I will consider Anna Verona Dorris's efforts to bring historical paintings and National Geographic photographs into geography and history classrooms in 1920s California -- a
    case where art was used to teach. This research will show how visual materials shape ways of seeing and understanding the world. The work will enrich scholarly understanding of the artistic and pedagogical conventions of particular moments in history, address teachers and the general public with an online exhibition of historical teaching materials and an article published in the Alberta
    Teachers' Association's ATA Magazine. These public-facing outputs will serve 21st-century communities of teachers and learners by calling attention to the role of visual materials in classrooms, and by exploring the potential of artful visuals to produce meaningful and multi-layered learning experiences.

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    © Korda, Andrea. All rights reserved other than by permission. This document embargoed to those without UAlberta CCID until 2025.
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    Andrea Korda