Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

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This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences during which I observed that science wasn't as big of a priority as other subjects. I wondered if by integrating the fine arts, science could be more doable. I wanted to observe whether integrating the fine arts into the science curriculum would help to improve student learning, engagement, and interest in the science curriculum. This self study involved developing and teaching a science unit integrated with the fine arts that was designed to introduce students to habitats. Through my observations, whole class discussion, and individual conferences, I conclude that the fine arts integrated with science can be beneficial in that students are able to creatively express themselves. By using this creativity and expression, students were generally more engaged in learning and had more interest in the science curriculum.

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Integrating the Fine Arts into the Science Curriculum

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences during which I observed that science wasn't as big of a priority as other subjects. I wondered if by integrating the fine arts, science could be more doable. I wanted to observe whether integrating the fine arts into the science curriculum would help to improve student learning, engagement, and interest in the science curriculum. This self study involved developing and teaching a science unit integrated with the fine arts that was designed to introduce students to habitats. Through my observations, whole class discussion, and individual conferences, I conclude that the fine arts integrated with science can be beneficial in that students are able to creatively express themselves. By using this creativity and expression, students were generally more engaged in learning and had more interest in the science curriculum.