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How new students are affected by involvement in pre-existing art projects





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This research project emerged from the introduction of new students into our district and my desire to help them develop a sense of belonging in their new school community. A review of literature on cooperative learning through the arts provides evidence that involvement in group projects can help new students develop stronger relationships and can influence their academic success as well as help develop feelings of community connectedness. This study followed the experience of five new students from kindergarten through fourth grade in the finishing stages of an art project. Strategies of cooperative learning and physical interaction were utilized to help create a welcoming environment. The results demonstrated that even though the new students were not originally involved with the creation of the sculptures, it did help establish feelings of belonging in some of the new students.

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