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ERIC Number: EJ1012892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-30
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Joining Forces: A Collaborative Study of Curricular Integration
Miller, Beth Ann
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v14 spec iss 1.9 Jan 2013
The collaborative action research reported here strives to extend a prior study that dealt with the effects of integrating a general music course of study with the total curriculum of a first grade class. This second study used a similar plan in which a fifth grade teacher and a music teacher worked cooperatively to provide a curriculum that consistently integrated all subjects, including music, in a cohesive instructional plan. As before, the classroom teacher and music teacher planned and taught together through two years, crossing the traditional borders that usually keep music and the general classroom course of study separated. Teacher journaling and classroom videotaping showed improved student behavior and work ethic as the study progressed. Additionally, the collaboration necessary for the planning and teaching of the combined curriculum promoted innovative and energetic instruction and also mitigated the sense of professional isolation common among both elementary and music teachers. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A