|Organization||Chengnan College, Hunan First Normal University(Dandelion Action team)|
“Dandelion Action of Seed Power”, the initial stage of teachers training project, implemented by Dandelion Action team, aims to promote art teaching abilities for rural teachers, and thus improve the art education quality in rural schools. Dandelion Action project has had about ten year’s implementation experience, and has formed a set of approaches and methods that guided rural teachers to bring folk arts into the school’s art class, and compiled a folk art teaching material that was appropriate to be used in rural schools.
Surveys and field trips visits to rural schools by the project team reveal that students in rural schools could not receive better art education, even if their teachers graduate d from the normal university with his/her major in art education. This is because the way they are taught and trained in the normal university makes him/her not qualified for real art teaching in schools. The education content and methods in the normal university are not good enough for art-oriented students. The art teaching and research office in Chengnan College, Hunan First Normal University, which is also the core team of “Dandelion Action’s Seed Power” project, tries to train teachers which graduated from their universities with their major in art education and are currently teaching in rural schools, and explores a set of feasible and practical approaches to improve their training plan for students studying in college. Then, they will put into practice the improved training plan, and try to transform the existing art education module in the normal university. The project team hopes that their efforts can also help rural teachers to open locally suitable art classes in their schools.
The START plan, specially designed by Macao Tong Chai Charity Association, is a program that provides a small amount of funding on a fast-tracked for the innovative project team to test their initial new ideas. The plan has been used to support their first summer training and explorative activities of “Dandelion Action’s Seed Power” project for rural art teachers.
Macao Tong Chai Charity Association made grant for training, such as cost of boarding, travel, dining, needed teaching materials and office supplies.