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Lis Charman

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Arts -- Study and teaching (Elementary), Academic achievement




To support academic achievement, schools must consider an arts integrated approach to lecture based learning. However, teachers, especially those from lower funded schools, who want to integrate the arts into their classrooms often have to fight and defend their reasoning for doing so. With standardized test scores often being the "end all be all" to how schools are funded and supported, arts education has been some of the first variables to be cut from schools and school districts. This is a failure to the students who need a multi-sensory approach to learning that only art can provide. Activities that activate a student's kinesthetic, visual, and auditory responses produces better on task work and motivation to learn. The arts allow students to learn in a context in which they are familiar and create a shared language with their peers and teacher. Years of research supports the claim that arts integrated learning supports academic achievement in all grade levels such as increased reading comprehension, problem solving, observational, and organizational skills.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Art Practices

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