Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


Date of this Version

Fall 11-30-2012


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education, Under the Supervision of Professor Margaret Macintyre Latta. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 Matthew L. Auch Moedy


This thesis investigates the formation of my teaching identity. It seeks language for why I orient my teaching toward artistic thinking in my preparation and content. Features of artistic thinking discussed include students have personal interests, teachers need to expose and build on what students bring to class, artistic thinking is not linear and creativity invites the unexpected, play and creativity require both time and space and are best accomplished through situated freedom, process ought not be separated from product, making process visible and valuing process will make a positive difference in a student’s future. Vignettes from my teaching experiences as an art teacher in an elementary school are used to characterize artistic thinking further through each of these features.

Adviser: Margaret Macintyre Latta