Art And Design Dissertation Ideas For Educational Leadership

Dissertation authors are listed alphabetically.

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Abunayyan, Fawaz1994Ph.D.

The Identification of Artistically Gifted Male Students in Saudi Arabia: Relations among Art Teacher Selection, Students' Beliefs, and Art Making Abilities

Ackerman, Rudy S.1967D.Ed.

The Relationship of Outer-Directed and Inner-Directed Motivation and Evaluation to the Process and Product in the Art Work of College Students

Agag, Mohamed E.1991Ph.D.

Egyptian Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Grade Students' and Their Teachers' Beliefs about 1991 Ph.D. and Knowledge of Ceramics: An Assessment of Art in the Basic Education Curriculum

Alnajdi, Khaled2001Ph.D.

Reforming Arabic Calligraphy: for Computer Art and Design in Kuwaiti Art Education

Al Zayer, Saleh Hassan Hussen1989Ph.D.

The Effects of Economic and Social Change on Education and Practice of Crafts in the Arabic Society

Al-Kaisy, Saad1990Ph.D.Tensions between Individual Artistic Vision and Cultural Imperatives in Contemporary Iraqi Monumental Sculpture
Alexick, David1976Ph.D.A Study of The Effect of a Program of Perceptual Training on the Drawings of Institutionalized Mentally Retarded Children
Ali, Abdulmounim1989Ph.D.Design and Decoration in Iraqi Houses: Relationships among the Beliefs of Individuals of Different Social and Economic Statuses
Alyamy, Awad1995Ph.D.The Effect of Graphic Reenactment Art Therapy on Three Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients in Saudi Arabia
Aman, Ronald2005Ph.D.It's All About Love: Gert McMullin and the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
Amr, Kayed1982Ph.D.The Interaction of Cultural and Natural Factors in the Drawing of Jordanian Children
Anderson, Janet T.1981Ph.D.Eluding the A Priori: A Hermeneutic of Process based upon Robert Motherwell’s Superordinant Concepts on the Making of Art
Annis, Eleanor A.1961D.Ed.The Effect of Certain Teaching Methods on College Students’ Art Attitudes and Appreciations
Baker, David1982Ph.D.Rousseau’s Children: An Historical Analysis of the Romantic Paradigm in Art Education
Baptist, Francis C1966D.Ed.An Experimental Self-Teaching Device for Painting
Barlow, Gary C.1967D.Ed.Two Methods of Teaching Two Elements of Design: Their Effect on Self-Involvement and Content
Barton, Edgar1955D.Ed.A Relief Sculpture Presentation: Its Organization and Analysis Including Influence of Material on Form Concept
Baskin, June E.1964D.Ed.Graphic Practices in Student Publications in Schools of Pennsylvania
Bedogne, Frank Jr.1961D.Ed.The Relationship Between a Test of Visual Sensitivity and Judged Qualities of Children’s Drawings
Beittel, Kenneth1953D.Ed.Some Experimental Approaches to the Aesthetic Attitudes of College Students
Bencetic, Stephen1959D.Ed.Picture Preferences of Elementary Children
Bentenas, Eduard H.1981Ph.D.The Emergence of an ‘Aesthetical Idea’: An Inquiry into the Nature of a Philosophy of Aesthetical Education
Bentz, Sarah1985Ph.D.A Way of Teaching Art and Responding Through Classroom Research, a Synergetic Model
Berhalter, Kathleen A.1976Ph.D.The Development of a Scale for the Observation of Imposed Conditions and the Composition of Control in an Art Classroom and a Study of Its Potential for use in Teacher Self-Evaluation
Bey, Sharif2007Ph.D.

Aaron Douglas and Hale Woodruff: The Social Responsibility and Expanded Pedagogy of the Black Artist

Biggers, John T.1954D.Ed.The Negro Woman in American Life and Education, a Mural Presentation
Bleicher, Edward R.1972Ph.D.Development of aThree Dimensional Conceptual Model of Teacher Verbal Behavior in the College Studio Art Class
Bloom, Leslye P.1979Ph.D.Toward An Understanding of Adult Art Education
Briggs, Judith2002Ph.D.Interpreting the Frames: An Analysis of the Implementation of the New South Wales Visual Art Syllabus, Year 9
Briggs, Paul1995Ph.D.The Influence of Unitarianism on the Inclusion of Art Education in the Common Schools of Massachusetts, 1825-1870
Brittain, W. Lambert1952D.Ed.Experiments for a Possible Test to Determine Some Aspects of Creativity in the Visual Arts
Brooks, Cathy A.1980Ph.D.The Meaning of Childhood Art Experience: A Dialectical Hermeneutic
Brooks, Robert W.1976Ph.D.Dualism and Dialectic in Hegel and Brown: Dynamic Aspects Among the Concepts of Self-Identity, the Aesthetic, and Creative Activity
Brown, William T.1962D.Ed.The Relationship Between Popular-Unpopular Pictorial Subject Matter and Art Achievement at the Junior High School Level
Bryant, Billy Joe1974D.Ed.Issues of Art Education for American Indians in the Bureau of the Indian Affair’s Schools
Bumgarner, Constance1993Ph.D.Artists in the Classroom: An Analysis of the Arts in Education Program of the National Endowment for the Arts
Burgart, Herbert J.1961D.Ed.Art in Higher Education: The Relationship of Art Experience to Personality, General Creativity, and Aesthetic Performance
Burkett, Frederick K.1979D.Ed.A Qualitative Description and Interpretation of a Series of Unique Expressive Situation of One Subject-As-Artist
Burkett, Mary F.1977Ph.D.Concepts of Art As Verbally Expressed by Children Aged 5-through-15 Years
Burkhart, Robert C.1957D.Ed.An Analysis of Individuality of Art Expression at the Senior High School Level
Burton, David E.1973Ph.D.A Theory of Aesthetic Education Based on the Development of the Awareness of the Self
Carpenter, Arthur S.1958D.Ed.Some Aspects of the Growth and Development of Teacher Education in West Virigina as Depicted through a Mural
Carpenter, Booker Stephen1996Ph.D.A Meta-Critical Analysis of Ceramics Criticism for Art Education: Toward an Interpretive Methodology
Carter, Charles B.1958D.Ed.The Relationship Between Children’s Drawings and Sensitivity to Environmental Sounds
Cecere, James G.1966D.Ed.The Effect of Verbal Stimuli and Artistic Self-Expression on Children’s Motivation for Writing
Chang, Wei-Chung2011Ph.D.

A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Three Women in the 3D Animation Industry: Using Self-determination Theory to Understand Socio-cultural Influences on Concepts of Success and Motivation

Chao, Huei-Ling2000Ph.D.Art, Lives, Stories: Relationships Between the Beliefs of Taiwanese Traditional and Non-traditional Secondary Preservice Art Teachers
Chen, Chiu-Jhin2007Ph.DFamily Photographs, History, and art Education: A Web of Taiwanese Visual Culture Signs
Chetelat, Frank J.1982D.Ed.A Preliminary Investigation Into Life Situations and Environments Which Nurture the Artistically Gifted and Talented Child
Chipley, Sheila M.1978D.EdA Study of Materials Disseminated by State Art Coordinators Which Incorporate Recent Key Art Education Concepts
Choi, Sung Hee2010Ph.DMaking the Negotiation between Narratives of Museums and a Visitor: Empowering a Visitor through Narrative-Making
Chuang, Chia-Chi2005Ph.D.A Case Study of Teaching Approach(es) in a College Level Photography Appreciation Course in Taiwan
Circincione, Anthony1984 .Ph.DThe Tensional Dialectic in the Philosophy of John Dewey and Its Manifestation Within the Creative Process: An Interpretation Analysis
Clements, Claire B.1967D.Ed.An Analysis of the Artistic Motivations of College Art Students
Clements, Robert D.1964Ph.DQuestion Types, Patterns, and Sequences Used by Art Teachers in the Classroom
Connelly, Mary Ellen1988Ph.D.The Relationship Between Art Teachers’ Levels of Professionalization and
Openess to Change
Connors, Kathleen1985Ph.D.Myth, Stereotype, Taboo, and the Self-Esteem of the Woman Artist
Coraor, John E.1985Ph.D.The Performative Aspects of Viewing Art: An Existential Grounding of Art in
Foundational Education
Corcoran, Ambrose L.1953D.EdThe Variability of Children’s Responses to Color Stimuli .
Countryman, Calvin1955D.EdA Test on the Visualization of Tactile Sensations.
Crawford, James W.1961D.EdThe Effect of Art Experiences of the Self-Concept of Institutionalized Adolescen Female Mental Retardates
Dambekalns, Lydia1996Ph.D.Curriculum and the Collective Mind: Changing Paradigms in The Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Art Education 1960-1970
Daniel, Robert A.1958D.EdThe Effect of Frequency of Coloring Book Usage Upon the Creative Drawings of Third Grade Children
Darnell, Fred Stephen1996Ph.DArt Education and Environment, Reading Nineteenth-Century Landscape Representation as Cultural Code and Historical Text
Day, Elmer S.1976Ph.D.A Study of Dreams and Dreaming and the Transformation of Dream Themes Into Drawings and Paintings
De Furio, Anthony G.1974.Ph.D.De Furio, Anthony G. A Contextualistic Interpretation of Aesthetic Response, the Contribution of the Experiential Domain and Idiosyncratic Meaning
Dempsey Jr., Albert A.1971D.Ed.A Descriptive Study of Ideational Patterns and the Evolution of Graphic Form in Drawings by Preschool Children
DePillars, Murray N.1976Ph.D.African-American Artists and Art Students: A Morphological Study in the Urban Black Aesthetic
Deutsch, Bonnie L.1982D.Ed.An Investigation of Granulation Through Historical, Metallurgical, and Artistic Studies
Diemert, Helen M.1972D.Ed.Analysis of Aesthetic-Cognitive Responses of Undergraduate Students to Painting Compositions
Doerter, James1962 .D.Ed.Influence of College Art Instructors Upon Their Students’ Painting Styles
Doran, Faye M.1973D.Ed.A Contextualistic Analysis of the Drawing Processes of Three Trainable Mentally Retarded Institutionalized Female Adults
Drake-Lewis, Eleanor M.1980Ph.D.The Hermeneutics of the Thought Processes Engaged in a Studio Art Experiment as Grounded in Personal Interest
Dyer, Eula May1981 .D.Ed.A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Effects of Photographic Instruction on College Students’ Descriptions of Photographs
Edwards Jr., William T.1971 .D.Ed.The Effect of Induced Self Storytelling on the Drawings of Junior High School Students
Eisenhauer, Jennifer2003Ph.D.What Is a Girl? Producing Subjects in Feminist and Visual Culture Pedagogies
Ekeada, Felix I.N.1977Ph.D.Cultural Renewal and Manpower Development in Contemporary Nigerian Art Education
El-Husseini Nabil1979Ph.D.An Assessment of the Relationship Among Environment, Cultural, and Schooling Influences, on Designs, Drawings, and Responses to Art of First-and Fourth-Year Art Education Students
Emmerich, Carl E.1968D.EdThe Impact of Characteristics of Selected Music on the Characteristics of Paintings Produced by a Non-Art Collegiate Population
Engineer, Samia A.1992Ph.D.Bahraini Visual Culture: Art, Gender, and Control
Fanani, Dominick J.1964D.Ed.Three Non-Verbal Tests for Measuring Aspects of Creativity Among College Students
Farmer, Elizabeth R.1974Ph.DThe Development of Sensuous/Aesthetic Perception for Affective Learning
Farmer, Ronald J.1958D.EdThe Effect of Selected Film Sequences on Individuals Toward Nature and Art Forms
Farris, Mary Lou1963Ph.D.Instructional Conditions that Promote Art Participation by Older Persons
Fetter, Dian E.1983Ph.D.Philosophic Ground for Arts and Humanities Education
Fitzgerald, Quentin W1974D.Ed.Toward A Dictionary of Art Education
Flannery, Merle E.1967D.Ed.Art Education and the Interplay Between the Intellect and the Imagination in
Artistic Creation
Flick, Paul B.1960D.Ed.An Intercorrelative Study of Two Creative Types: The Visual Type and the HapticType
Folsom, Stanley N.1976Ph.D.The Art Educator in the Preadolescent World: A Phenomenological Descriptive Study of Teacher and Children
Foster, Suzanne R.1979Ph.D.The Creativity Rationale: An Analysis of a “Paradigm” for the Teaching of Art in the Public School
Freyberger, Ruth M.1951D.Ed.Differences in the Creative Drawings of Children of Varying Ethnic and Socio-Economic Backgrounds in Pennsylvania Based on Samplings of Grades One Through Six
Gall, David A.1996Ph.D.Before and After Postmodernism, Rabindranath Tagore and Art Education in
Gallucci, Timothy R.1997Ph.D.The Early American Salt-Glazed Stoneware Jug as Art and Artifact: A Critical
Approach to Interpreting the Aesthetic Meanings and Cultural Origins of a Craft Archetype
Galvin, Marion F.1965D.Ed.An Experiment in Visual-Vebal Programming in Art at the Senior High School Level
Gargan, Carol1989Ph.D.The Reincarnation of the Word
Garthwaite, James E.1965D.Ed.A Comparative Study of Art Attitude and Art Performance of Sixth Grade Pupils in Ideal Physical Settings: The Self-Contained Classroom and Special Art Room
Gaskin, Leroy1972D.Ed.Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Art Program Based Upon the Artist, Critic, Historian, and Teacher as Exemplars of Instruction
Gaudelius, Yvonne M.1993Ph.D.Art-iculating Women’s Voices: An Exploration of Women’s Subjectivity in Contemporary Women’s Visual Art, Feminist Pedagogy, and French Feminist Theory
Geiger, Gerald1984Ph.D.The Spiral: Metaphysical Organizing Principle
Gilmartin, Sheila A.1994Ph.D.Feminist Spectatorship as an Analytical Tool in Critical Analysis
Giopulos, Peter1981Ph.D.Potting as a Phenomenon: Movement and Choice Stimulate Transformation
Goettsch, Roger A.1976D.Ed.The Development of a Paradigm for the Analysis of Art Teaching.
Golub, Elizabeth K.1980Ph.D.The Relationship Between Cognitive Orientation Toward Art and the Development of Meaning for Art Among Children Ages Six, Nine and Twelve
Gordon, Gale L.1966D.Ed.Divergent and Spontaneous Art Strategy Comparison Profile for Art and Non-Art Female College Students
Green, Gaye L.1994Ph.D.The Oval Lady: A Semiotic Approach to Art Interpretation in Art Education Applied to the Work of Leonora Carrington
Greenman, Christopher H.1990Ph.D.A Transpersonal Model of Art Criticism
Griner, Ned H.1962D.Ed.Implications for Art Education of Socio-Economic Factors Influencing Personal Preferences in Respect to Utilitarian Objects
Grossman, John G.1967D.Ed.An Exploratory Program Involving College Seniors as Assistant College Art Teachers with an Interaction Analysis Experiment
Grout, Stephen D.1982D.Ed.A Descriptive Study of Art Programs in Two Correctional Institutions.
Gunter, Maynard1972D.Ed.An Analysis of Preservice High School Art Teachers’ Concepts Relating to Selected Studio Teaching Tasks.
Hami, Richard1978Ph.D.The Artist, His Work and His Teaching
Hand, Frederic I.1954D.Ed.A suggested common Area of Curricular Experience in the Preparation of Teachers in All Branches of the Arts at West Virginia Institute of Technology
Hardiman, George W.1967D.Ed.An Investigation Into the Effect of Art Training on Judges’ Decoding of Selected Spontaneous and Divergent Process Drawings Done by Arts Students and Non-arts Students
Hardiman, George W.1967D.Ed.An Investigation Into the Effect of Art Training on Judges’ Decoding of Selected Spontaneous and Divergent Process Drawings Done by Arts Students and Non-arts Students
Hartranft, Janet2000Ph.D.The Uneasy Alliance: The Relationship of Art, Artists, and Audiences in
Contemporary United States
Heilman, Horace F.1954D.Ed.An Experimental Study of Workbook Influence on the Creative Drawings of Second Grade Children
Hellberg, Ray W.1970D.Ed.The Relationship of Concept Learning to Perception, Problem-Solving, and Transfer Through Selected Puzzle and Design Tasks
Heyduck, Billy Joe1974D.Ed.A Descriptive Study of the Two-Dimensional and the Three-Dimensional Forming Strategies of Seventh Grade Students
Hicks, Timothy O.1992Ph.D.Psychical Distance and Related Aesthetic Concepts as a Factor in the Appreciation of Art
Hinter-Reiter, H. Gilda1970Ph.D.Art and the Process of Change: A Study of the Relationship of Art and the Museum
Hiuni, Dahn2005Ph.D.Performing Identity: The Politics and Pedagogy of Witnessing the Self
Hobbs, Robert D.1968D.Ed.The Effect of Variation of Stimulus Set and the Sequence of Two Media on the Drawings and Prints of Classified College Subjects
Hodik, Barbara J.1974Ph.D.The Teotihuacan Craftsman as Dreamer, Maker, and Reflector: A Descriptive and Stylistic Analysis of Formative and Classic Period Figurines
Hoffa, Harlan E.1959D.Ed.The Relationship of Art Experience to Some Attributes of Conformity
Hoffman, Jill1998Ph.D.Issues of Education Surrounding Native American Art as Reflected within the Iroquois Indian Museum
Holland, Jean D.1955D.Ed.Children’s Responses to Objects in Daily Living, a Development Analysis
Holley, William H.1972D.Ed.

The function of graduate work is to make specialists out of generalists. There is nothing wrong with being a generalist, but generalists are aggregators of knowledge. Specialists have an opportunity to add to the realm of human knowledge.

Ph.D. study refines the specialty of the specialist, revealing knowledge the generalist learns later.

If these assertions are true of knowledge in scientific and historical fields, they are no less true regarding the religious Ph.D.

Here are a few thoughts about why you should consider seeking a Ph.D. today.

Ph.D. Work Adds to Human Knowledge

This graphic—and you REALLY need to look at it—depicts all the world’s knowledge.

The simple circle represents all human knowledge. After elementary school, we know a little represented by a very small circle in the middle of the larger circle of all human knowledge.

In high school, we learn a bit more and the circle in the middle enlarges. After a bachelor’s degree, one gains a specialty and the circle enlarges again along with an extended bulge. A master’s degree deepens that special area, represented by a longer protrusion of the specialty bulge.

Research papers then take us to the edge of human knowledge. Once we reach the boundary, we focus and we push at the boundary for a few years until one day the boundary gives way.

That dent in human knowledge is called a Ph.D.

Basically the doctor of philosophy dissertation contributes to human knowledge in a way previously not done.

I have a Ph.D. focused on missiology, but I mainly focused on North America. I studied everything foreign missions practitioners do, but I did it in a North American context. Then, I did my dissertation on the strategy

When I walked into my doctoral dissertation committee to defend my research, they said, “Ed, you know more about this than we do, so why don’t you just tell us.” That’s what a Ph.D. dissertation is supposed to be—you should be the expert on your dissertation subject.

A person completing a dissertation should know more than anybody else in the world about that one topic. They may not know much else(!), but they must be a world-class expert in that one subject.

The Goal of a Ph.D.

Every Ph.D. candidate should strive to make original contributions to scholarship. I don’t think many Ph.D. students do that anymore. Too many Ph.D. candidates simply rehearse and regurgitate knowledge available to everyone else. Such a process contributes nothing to human knowledge.

If a Ph.D. dissertation fails to add knowledge to humanity, it should not be Ph.D. Period.

If you are pursuing a Ph.D. study—something that adds knowledge to a specific topic—you could become the world’s leading expert in that area. At the very least you will make other experts in that field more knowledgeable.

My dissertation was on church-planting systems. I became an expert on the systems that undergird church planting in denominations. As a result, I know information about church-planting systems: their development, history, and assessment process.

I researched things that nobody else in the whole world had researched (maybe because no one wanted to!). I did a statistical analysis on the efficacy of those church-planting systems in a specific denominational context over a multi-year period. I became the world’s expert on church-planting systems by expanding the world’s knowledge on this specific topic.

I’m not smart in EVERYthing; very few people are. But if you are doing a Ph.D., you should be an expert in that thing.

Dissertation Ideas

I’m often asked about what topics I’d suggest for dissertations.

I think a fascinating dissertation topic would be on alternative ecclesial communities. In light of the decline and ultimate death of emergent churches as a viable force for mission advancement in North America, alternative ecclessial communities have taken that place in some of those now alternative contexts. That dissertation would be fascinating.

Other Ph.D. ideas include

  • The defining and determinant factors that are driving people away from denominations and into networks.
  • Augustine is quoted as saying, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” An interesting dissertation would be a global study about the questions people are asking about Christianity. A question to be answered is what is the God-shaped hole looking like in different cultures and contexts?
  • I would love to see a research project on the elongation of the conversion process. I believe conversion is a punctiliar moment in time. There is a time when you are dead in your trespasses and sins, and then a time when you’re alive in Christ. What are the factors leading to conversion? What are the objections?
  • A study on people who de-converted.
  • The efficacy of campus ministry.

It’s worth remembering that Ph.D. work on a specific denomination is not as helpful as research projects on likeminded people across denominations. Be an expert at something where you can make a difference for the kingdom.

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