How art integration increases core subject connections and retention
The research question addressed is, would integrated/thematic units increase retention in art? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle with students retaining information week to week. This capstone details the positives and negatives of integrated/thematic units and how effective they are in the classroom. Students at this middle school only have art once a week, causing retention problems. Key influence for this capstone was a teacher who inspired the writer to create a work of art researched in science class. Eric Jensen's book Arts With the Brain in Mind (2001) voices that students can use visual arts in every class, every day. Arts integration brings art into the core of the school day and connects art across the curriculum. The author develops an integrated art lesson that will be taught to sixth grade middle school students. The students' five core classes, science, social studies, language arts, math and reading, will incorporate the lesson in their classes.
Magnuson, Stephanie R., "How art integration increases core subject connections and retention" (2007). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 2004.
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