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ERIC Number: ED409563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Instruction in the Language Arts and in the Arts through Book-Making: A Collaborative Inquiry in a Second-Grade Classroom.
Rearick, Mary L.
An action research study investigated the relationship between literary development and integrated instruction in visual arts (illustration) and language arts. Subjects were students in a second-grade classroom and in an art room in a public school of 500 students in an affluent part of a suburban community. Interactions were examined between subject matter and pedagogical methods in the arts and the language arts, between teachers and learners, input and outcomes of the learning process, and the social context in three interrelated learning contexts--reading workshop, writing workshop, and art workshop. The collection of data included participant observation, videotaping, and interviewing. Results indicated: (1) when the art teacher and the classroom teacher collaborated on a book-making project, they learned disciplinary knowledge from one another; (2) the teachers knew how to sequence learning for maximum retention of concepts and skills in both the arts and language arts; (3) the students increased their knowledge and use of concepts and terms related to literature, writing, and the arts; (4) teaching the arts in book-making improved learning in both language arts and in the arts; (5) students' treatment of topics, use of illustrations, and knowledge of revision evolved during the unit; and (6) students revised during the entire unit. Findings suggest that the teachers benefitted directly, and the children benefitted from the teachers' collaboration. (Contains 73 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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