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Scheckel, Benita Landesman; Kula, Stacy M. – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2021
Because long-term English language learners (LTELs) in California normatively take two hours of English language instruction beginning in middle school, their schedules disallow participation in electives, such as arts, representing a significant opportunity gap. This mixed methods study examined the student, parent, and teacher experiences as…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Music Education, Singing
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Mark, Sheron L.; Constantin, Geena M.; Tinnell, Terri L.; Alexander, Olivia – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2020
While middle school is a critical phase for science career development for all students (Maltese & Tai, 2009), this stage presents considerations for females in science, in particular. During middle school, the decline in science interest is greater for females than males and, for most students, the level of science interest developed during…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Education, Art Education, Learner Engagement
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Snyder, Kristen; Cooper, Karen – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2015
While the "scientific" debate about school dropouts has ensued, some have taken matters into their own hands, creating successful non-school based programs on the arts for at-risk youth based. Their efforts demonstrate powerful results for learning and human development. We suggest that it is time to incorporate this knowledge base, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Pilot Projects, Story Telling, Painting (Visual Arts)
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Henderson, Lynette K. – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2015
This article presents a pilot interdisciplinary project for middle-school students including visual literacy, studio art, English-language literacy, geology and the study of indigenous groups. The location of the pilot was in the upper Midwest, along the Mississippi river bluffs of St. Paul, Minnesota. English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) students…
Descriptors: Art, Geology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Projects
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Snyder, Lori; Klos, Patricial; Grey-Hawkins, Lauren – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2014
In four years, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) increased sixth and seventh grade student achievement on the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) by 20% at Bates Middle School, a low performing school that had been targeted for restructuring by the state. This improvement positively correlates with the implementation of the arts integration…
Descriptors: Art Education, Integrated Activities, Educational Change, Middle Schools
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Inoa, Rafael; Weltsek, Gustave; Tabone, Carmine – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2014
Past studies have shown positive correlations between the arts and academic achievement when the arts were integrated into the literature curriculum. Other studies have shown positive associations between the arts and other areas of the curriculum, such as mathematics and science. Considering the Theory of Change, which employs understandings in…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Language Arts, Drama, Mathematics Achievement
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Richardson, Ronald; Brouillette, Liane – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2013
This article summarizes a quasi-experimental study, which demonstrated that integration of historic and ethnic music into the American history curriculum may lead to increased knowledge of the cultural and physical geography of the United States as well as enhanced student engagement. An experiment (n = 215) conducted with eighth grade students…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, History Instruction, Music, United States History
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Lorimer, Maureen Reilly – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2011
To address arts education disparities in middle level schools, this paper explores evidence that infusing the visual and performing arts into language arts, math, science, and history/social studies courses is a pedagogical approach that meets the developmental needs of early adolescents and fosters a relevant, challenging, integrative, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Middle Schools, Program Implementation
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Stokrocki, Mary L.; Flatt, Barbara; York, Emily – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2010
Using participant observation, we describe/interpret the results of teaching a constructivist unit that empowered students in narrative writing and illustration. Participant observation methods included daily note taking, pre-post questioning, and photographing artworks. We analyzed students' stories and illustrations with borrowed and emerging…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Constructivism (Learning), Participant Observation, Writing (Composition)
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Richardson, Ronald Craig – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2010
This article is based on a doctoral dissertation study, "Expanding Geographic Understanding in Grade 8 Social Studies Classes through Integration of Geography, Music, and History: A QuasiExperimental Study" that took place in a high-achieving, suburban middle school in Southern California. The study compared learning as a result of nine…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Suburban Schools, Grade 8, Social Studies
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Craig, Dorothy Valcarcel; Paraiso, Johnna – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
This study examined student artwork as free expression in order to conduct an analysis of diaspora as related to urban, middle school students learning English. Subjects consisted of middle school students representing a variety of countries with Spanish being the primary first language of the majority of participants. Using a qualitative approach…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Products, Self Expression, Urban Schools