ERIC Number: EJ950360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 16
Teaching Social Studies through the Performing Arts
Colley, Binta M.
Educational Forum, v76 n1 p4-12 2012
In the past decade, there have been growing efforts to improve and enhance the delivery of social studies content in the classroom through arts integration. Some educators have used music as a method for teaching social studies and found that interdisciplinary work increases students' understanding of history and different cultures. This article focuses on a pilot project designed to prepare preservice social studies teachers on methods of teaching their content area using the performing arts. It describes the context, methodology, and findings, and ends by discussing some of the implications for preservice social studies teacher education. Participants' reflections suggest that using the performing arts in social studies methods not only promotes student engagement and learning, but also gives voice to students who are rarely heard.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Pilot Projects, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts, Preservice Teacher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Approach, Unified Studies Curriculum, Art Education, Teacher Workshops, Educational Strategies
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Education Level: Higher Education
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