Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


This action-based research study used student and teacher surveys, as well as researcher observations to examine the effect of formative assessment and exploratory art education strategies in a high poverty school district. Both student perception of ability and confidence in the arts is often based on their previous experiences and past exposure to the arts. This research study sought to investigate students’ experience of art class through exploratory learning, along with the use of formative assessment, to best inform students ways to be successful while fostering a growth mindset. Findings supported that student attendance and teacher-student relationships were most critical in the successful use of exploratory learning and formative assessment to increase student motivation and confidence.


Affiliation: Mt. Blue Middle School RSU#9

Cohort: UMF Campus Cohort



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