Art enjoyment as a function of race
Russell, Christine A
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This study sought to identify a relationship between art enjoyment and race in sixth to eighth grade students. A total of 163 students completed an 18-item Likert style survey, on art enjoyment, given to them during their school art classes. Demographic questions were used to collect information on race, grade level, age, gender, teacher, and art ability self-concept. Students were divided into five racial categories: (1) American Indian/Alaskan, (2) Asian/Pacific Islander, (3) Black, (4) Hispanic, and (5) White. Using three-way ANOVA, the study found that there is essentially no difference in art enjoyment among the five racial groups. A significant difference was found for art enjoyment between the two genders. A conclusion from the study is that art educators may need to focus more on making curriculums that are equally enjoyable for both genders rather than race.