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Teachers Network Leadership Institute:
Action Research:
Assessment & Preparation for Assessment: The Art of Reading: A Look at Student Motivation, Self-Esteem, and Self-Perception When the Arts are Integrated with Reading Curriculum

Research Summary

The Question

What happens to student motivation, self-esteem, and self-perception when visual art and dramatic arts are integrated with reading curriculum?

Summary

The NCLB mandate has put many teachers and administrators in the precarious position of having to make difficult choices about curriculum. Many times, the “more is more” approach is used to increase deficiencies in math and reading. Many schools, including mine, have expanded reading blocks from one to two hours in hopes of an increase in standardized test scores. My research question evolves from my experience that “more” instruction devoted to a discipline does not necessarily mean that mastery will occur. “More” instruction in reading will not make a child, who may require an alternative process, achieve success in reading. So I asked, if one couples standard instruction with meaningful engagement in the arts, will that child, who is otherwise unreachable by traditional means, make vital connections to literature?

Meg Burns
megburns@sbcglobal.net

Research Focus:
Assessment & Preparation for Assessment
Curriculum Implementation

TNLI Affiliate:
Chicago

School:
Gallistel Language Academy
10347 S. Ewing Ave.
Chicago, IL  60617

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