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ERIC Number: EJ942898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Interdisciplinary Curricular Conversations Examining Arts and Academics: Teacher Implementation and Student Outcomes
Miller, Angela; Bender-Slack, Delane; Burroughs, Robert
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v23 n2 p37-48 Spr 2010
This qualitative study examined the integration of arts and academic curricula at a performing arts school by focusing on the curriculum as it is understood and perceived by the students. The study centered on five students at a performing arts magnet school who were chosen based upon contrasts in their arts classes in order to represent a range of participation in the various performing arts. Findings indicated that students were unable to recognize the integration of arts in the teaching materials, strategies, and interaction in academic courses. Results also indicated that the more teacher-centered instructional materials and pedagogical strategies utilized in the arts courses, although less cohesive to the students, allowed the students to perceive the integration of more academic activities and behaviors in those art classes. The authors argue that the students' familiarity with scholastic behaviors, understood by students as "doing school," impacted the students' capacity to perceive the cohesiveness of the academic curricula and recognize the integration of these behaviors and activities in the arts courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 5; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A