ERIC Number: EJ1151164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning Form and Function by Dance-Dramatizing Cultural Legends to Drum Rhythms Wearing Student-Made Animal Masks
Gray, Phyllis; Rule, Audrey C.; Kirkland Holmes, Gloria; Logan, Stephanie R.; Alert, Andrea L.; Mason, Cynthia A.
Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, v1 n1 p75-97 2016
This study examined the self-efficacy in science, art, dance, and music; attitudes concerning contributions of people of various ethnic/cultural groups; and science learning of students involved in an after-school arts-integrated science enrichment project. Students dramatized three traditional animal legends from African, Native American, and Mexican cultures to drum beats while wearing student-made papier-mâché helmet crest masks of the animal characters. They learned the structure and functions of the featured animals through slide shows, embedded explanations in the play scripts, and hands-on form and function analogy materials that related the form and function of animal body parts to manufactured items. Although at least 40 students participated at times in the after-school program, matching pretest and posttest data were only available for 13 students. Results showed positive changes in students' art self-efficacy with a medium effect size, improvements in knowledge of animal form and function with a large effect size, and a trend toward greater appreciation of the cultural contributions of different ethnic groups. Photographs of student-made masks and the animal legend scripts with added form-and-function content are provided.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Enrichment Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Experiential Learning, Animals, Dance, Drama, Puppetry, STEM Education, Pretests Posttests, Cultural Awareness, Ethnic Groups, Cultural Influences, After School Programs, African Culture, American Indian Culture, Mexicans, Art Activities, Social Studies, Student Motivation, Academic Standards, Low Income Groups, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Folk Culture, Music Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa
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