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John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Hosts Visiting Artist Lois Hetland

Lois Hetland

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by artist Lois Hetland as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. Lois Hetland, Ed.D., is an educator committed to the development of arts education through extensive research and inquiry, currently focusing on studio thinking for elementary educators. Hetland will give a lecture titled "What's Art Got to Do with It? Educating Thinking Dispositions Across the Disciplines” on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

Lois Hetland, Ed.D., is professor of art education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and senior research affiliate at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Trained in music and visual arts, she taught elementary and middle school students for 17 years. Previous work includes conducting an assessment initiative at MassArt (2009­–2013); serving as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation quasi-experimental study of potential transfer from visual arts learning to geometric spatial reasoning (2008–2013); conducting research for the co-authored book, Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education (2013,Teachers’ College, 2nd edition), supported by the Getty and Ahmanson Foundations (2001–2004), and co-leading the Studio Thinking Network, a monthly online conversation among educators who use the Studio Thinking Framework (2012–2014); serving as consulting evaluator for Art21 Educators (2010–2012); conducting research and professional development as principal investigator in Alameda County, CA, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (2003–2010); serving as co-principal investigator on the Wallace-funded study, Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education (2005–2008); and serving as researcher/project manager on ten meta-analytic reviews analyzing the effects of arts learning on non-arts outcomes, funded by the Bryant Family Foundation (1997–2000). Currently, she is co-authoring a book on Studio Thinking for elementary educators.

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