ERIC Number: ED036489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Potential for Change: An Integrated Creative Arts Minor.
Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.
Current criticism of curriculum and instruction in American schools has prompted Western Michigan University to institute a group minor in the Integrated Creative Arts for elementary school teachers. The first of six courses in the minor brings insight into man's creative nature and stimulates personal discovery in students. Four successive departmental courses deal with the theory and practice of developing the creative capacity in children through music, art, dance, and drama. University students work with children in three of these courses, arranging experiences which nuture children's problem-solving abilities while providing opportunities for success for each child. A final course continues laboratory experience as students apply what they have learned to create and teach a curriculum of inquiry in regular classrooms. Throughout the minor, small-group meetings facilitate personal inquiry into the teaching-learning process. Among the unique and innovative features of the minor are: (1) its interdepartmental nature, (2) team teaching by faculty from several disciplines, (3) continuous laboratory experiences over a period of several semesters, (4) flexible grouping to reach diverse goals, (5) functional use of student planning, and (6) interinstitutional cooperation. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.
Note: 1970 AACTE Distinguished Achievement Awards Entry