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ERIC Number: ED553966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3031-2502-7
A Case Study: One Public School's Endeavor to Revive Arts Education
Naranjo, Juanita
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Public K-12 schools in the United States currently face competing demands that place improved student learning as the main goal to ensure students develop 21st century skills. However, internal and external factors may work with or against each other within a school's efforts to achieve this. The problem that serves as the basis for this study is the struggle that educators face in maintaining arts education within the curriculum in the midst of high stakes testing measures and declining budgets. The focus of this case study was to identify the decisions and actions that take place in a school that embraces the arts as a fundamental piece of the school curriculum, along with the influence the arts have on the school culture. The qualitative case study design used multiple data collection methods, including surveys, interviews, observations, and a review of documents to allow for triangulation. The results reveal that the key factors for a school to sustain arts education include strong leadership with a vision that encourages and supports arts education, collaboration within and beyond the school site, adequate resources for arts instruction, and professional development in the arts for teachers. Additionally, the findings demonstrate that embracing arts education creates a positive school culture for all stakeholders. This case study can further the understanding of practitioners and policymakers of what at an arts focused school looks like, as well as on the benefits the arts can provide for schools. The findings can also build the case for making decisions to maintain arts education in all schools. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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