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Saraniero, Patricia – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
Nationwide, many public school districts are struggling to keep arts education available for their students. One response to dwindling arts instruction has been the use of teaching artists. A teaching artist is at once a practicing artist and an educator. The formal empirical research on teaching artists is limited. This study used a mixed-method…
Descriptors: Artists, Art Teachers, Art Education, Art Activities
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Güngör, Arzu – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
The purpose of this research is to study the effects of drama and traditional methods on primary school students' use of reading strategies, on their attitudes toward reading, and on their perceptions of the drama method. A pre- and post-test experimental design with the control group was employed for this study. The drama technique was used in…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Attitudes, Reading Strategies
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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
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Brouillette, Liane R.; Burge, Kim; Fitzgerald, William; Walker, Pamela – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
This article explores commonalties between literacy instruction and learning to understand the symbolic languages of the visual and performing arts. A detailed case study of an urban professional development program for secondary arts teachers looks at the learning initiated by writing assignments that prompted students to reflect on arts…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Art Education, Urban Schools, Case Studies
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Stokrocki, Mary L.; Delahunt, Michael – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
Ecological teaching models and evidence of success in public schools may be lacking. We created a constructivist ecological model using the animé Nausicaa with fourth graders in a Scottsdale, Arizona school. The animé involves the epic adventure, good and evil battle to affect the future of the human race. We documented results using…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Ecology, Environmental Education
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Fels, Lynn M. – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
From flower arranging to negotiating with a willful cow, an educator stumbles across the threshold into a performative space of learning that invites her to pay attention to what matters when a teacher encounters her students. Performative inquiry in the classroom brings to the curriculum a spirit and practice of inquiry, critical and creative…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Art Activities, Drama
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Vande Zande, Robin – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
Students from three schools responded very enthusiastically to community design projects. Participants in a summer course on design education created interdisciplinary projects that were taught to their K-12 students during the following academic year. This article highlights three of the many successful projects, offering suggestions for other…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Autin, Gwen H. – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
Mathematics and art are often considered opposites in the traditional curriculum. In this project with fourth graders, mathematics and art provided a springboard for using fractions, in particular, the multiplication of fractions, using Chinese kites. The project began with a discussion of, "What does an artist really do in a mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Models, Art Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Shimshon-Santo, Amy R. – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
This article shares critical reflections on cultivating community partnerships through arts education and provides an analytical framework for community building. It is argued that increasing access to arts education requires attention be paid not only to content issues in arts education, but, also, to holistic approaches that address the contexts…
Descriptors: Art, Art Education, Reflection, Partnerships in Education
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Van Eman, Linnea; Thorman, Jerilyn; Montgomery, Diane; Otto, Stacy – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
This study describes three teachers and their experiences of an arts-integration reform model amidst the high-stakes accountability movement. Their struggle to practice arts integration within their school district, a culture in which high-stakes testing is prioritized is described by way of a circus metaphor. Through the theoretical lens of Self…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Art, Art Education, Self Determination
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Damsen, Jess – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
This article describes the pedagogy, practice and outcomes of a digital art program developed to enable high school and middle school students to become active participants in new forms of grassroots public media. Students and their teachers become producers and controllers of art-based videos and associated digital dialogue which is distributed…
Descriptors: Art Education, High School Students, Middle School Students, Student Empowerment
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McKean, Bobbi; Yarnelle, David – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
This issue of "Journal for Learning the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities" embodies the range of arts and learning possible in our schools and communities. The articles reflect the diverse landscape of arts education, including dance, poetry, visual arts, drama, music and media. Each author takes to…
Descriptors: Fine Arts, Art Education, Educational Research, Dance Education
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Parrish, Mila – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
In recent years, Problem Based Learning (PBL) has been applied in medical and psychological areas of professional education. The PBL approach requires students to move past traditional choreographic methods toward making dances informed by real-world issues. In PBL, students work cooperatively to solve complex problems. Rather than being presented…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Dance, Dance Education, Critical Thinking
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Kaufmann, Karen A. – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
During spring, 2005 The University of Montana, Department of Drama/Dance successfully piloted a small ArtsBridge Program through a new service-learning course for advanced dance and drama students. This article describes the process of setting up the university-public school partnership; describes challenges to faculty, staff, scholars and host…
Descriptors: Drama, Art Activities, Service Learning, Dance Education
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Cronmiller, Sue – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
Does poetry have a place in elementary education? Can reading and writing poetry offer elementary learners a way to imagine (and to image) the world through personal insight, to organize and interpret their experience, and to discover meaningful connections to other areas of knowledge? If so, how should these modes of interaction and…
Descriptors: Poetry, Elementary Education, Teaching Methods, Grade 3
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