This paper will present some of the findings of a qualitative research study consisting of three descriptive case studies that delve into the experiences of three at-risk and/or underprivileged young people, age fifteen to seventeen, who attend an out-of-school visual arts programme in Singapore. The research asks, What factors in this particular programme have contributed to the motivation for the long-term participation of these three young people?Through a series of interviews the study found the participants were motivated by an environment where the Arts are valued. The physical environment created by the staff and students was also found to be conducive to their ongoing attendance. At some points during their time in the interview process each of the participants described in positive ways how they felt about themselves and what they thought about the art experience. Conversely, certain factors have affected student motivation in negatively; in particular, their early experience at the institution differs significantly from the recent conditions at the site. This paper will briefly review important aspects of the methodology of the research as it relates to the researchers intent and will then overview some of the positive environmental factors and changes to them over time that may impact students.
Vincent Twardzik Ching, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Stream: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity
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