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ERIC Number: EJ1154097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4294
Drawing out Understanding: Arts-Based Learning and Gifted Children
Eiserman, Jennifer; Lai, Heather; Rushton, Chelsea
Gifted Education International, v33 n3 p197-209 Sep 2017
Dabrowski recognized that the creative process is important in the personality development of the gifted and talented. Given the intrinsically creative nature of learning in an arts-infused context, we hypothesize that interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum address the unique needs of the gifted. First, we will summarize Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration, providing a theoretical context to discuss an ongoing research project that engages gifted students in arts-based learning. We then briefly describe the implications of positive disintegration in the middle school context, and how art education can support this process. Finally, we describe how two arts-integrated projects addressed the process of positive disintegration. In 2013, University of Calgary students in ART 307, "Applied concepts in art with children ages 6-12," worked with gifted middle school students on an integrated art-social studies-science project called "When Fisher went to Skyland." In this project, one class of Grade 6 students explored Iroquois culture and sky science through printmaking. In 2014, four classes of Grade 5 students worked with ART 307 students to enhance their understanding of electricity and magnetism through explorations using theatre games, creative movement and animation. We suggest that engaging gifted middle school students in the arts can be a means to facilitate alternative learning methodologies in all subject areas, and provide necessary support in personality development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Calgary)
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