College for Professional Studies
Master of Education
School of Education and Counseling
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
Over 70 years of research has shown clear evidence that exposure to the arts benefits students. When the arts are part of the curriculum, student achievement improves, engagement levels are higher, behavior problems are fewer, and student's attitudes about school, and about themselves, improve. When the arts are integrated into core subject classrooms, teachers can present complex lessons that bridge multiple subject areas and encourage critical thinking skills. Integrated lessons provide students with a variety of learning styles the opportunity to utilize their strengths and demonstrate knowledge in many different ways. The incorporation of drawing, music, technology, and drama can add relevance and context to lessons in any subject area. For teachers, arts integration can breathe new life into lessons and assessments by allowing students an opportunity to creatively explore ideas and concepts and to use their strengths to express their learning and knowledge in a variety of ways. There are many fun and easy ways to expose students to the arts, and to create interdisciplinary lessons. The integration of the arts into the core subject classroom helps students to become critical thinkers and well-rounded human beings.
Date of Award
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Ross, Cindra L., "Art Integration in the Classroom" (2008). Student Publications. 100.