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ERIC Number: EJ945516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Enhancing Science Education through Art
Merten, Susan
Science Scope, v35 n2 p31-35 Oct 2011
Augmenting science with the arts is a natural combination when one considers that both scientists and artists rely on similar attitudes and values. For example, creativity is often associated with artists, but scientists also use creativity when seeking a solution to a problem or creating a new product. Curiosity is another common trait shared among scientists and artists, who are both interested in finding answers to questions and wonder about the world around them. In science, students are encouraged to wonder and ask questions, seek answers, try new approaches, provide honest evidence for claims they make, and create new understanding about the world around them. Practicing these attitudes will help middle school students develop their critical-thinking skills along with science literacy. This article describes simple art activities that allow students to express their science understanding and creativity in ways other than traditional paper-and-pen tasks. (Contains 2 figures and 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A