Cultivating Student Engagement Through Interactive Art Strategies
This summary was created by the What Works: Research into Practice program at the Ontario Ministry of Education
While we know that engaged students are more invested in their learning, the arts remain an underutilized strategy for student engagement. The reality is that many teachers lack confidence teaching both visual arts and music. We feel strongly that the generalist teacher can develop a repertoire of strategies – such as those discussed here – to increase their confidence and provide authentic and sincere arts-based experiences for learners.
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Why the Arts Matter
This summary was created by the Research for Teachers project at The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO):
This summary outlines research in the area of Arts education:
"Many teachers are aware that the arts can be key in reaching students who do not respond well to traditional forms of learning. The arts also help students analyze complex issues from multiple perspectives. There is mounting evidence that the arts develop critical thinking skills, contribute to self-confidence, encourage risk-taking, and bolster achievement in other subjects."
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