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ERIC Number: EJ769711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Making Meaning Many Ways: An Exploratory Look at Integrating the Arts with Classroom Curriculum
Lynch, Patricia
Art Education, v60 n4 p33-38 Jul 2007
Although No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has encouraged schools to become language-driven and text -oriented, Lynch's experiences have led her to conjecture that students would benefit from opportunities to transform their knowledge from words into other expressive media, to explore all avenues for teaching and learning that may have an impact on literacy, including the arts. The reported study explored the value of weaving the visual and performance arts throughout regular classroom curriculum. Lynch observes that experiences with the arts are not merely embellishments to the elementary curriculum, but that weaving arts throughout a curriculum supports learning in several ways: (1) children are more wholly involved (intellectually, emotionally and physically) in the learning experience; (2) the arts require children to assume greater responsibility for their own learning and (3) arts integrations are inclusive experiences allowing all students to participate in the learning process, as children who struggle academically may be given opportunity to demonstrate their learning using multiple sign systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001