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Improving General Education Through the Arts

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148336.003.0007
Improving General Education Through the Arts

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Discrete study of the various individual arts can enhance human perception and understanding uniquely and significantly. These dimensions qualify the arts to be an important part of general education for all students, but they are not the whole story. There is another application that can provide impressive educational dividends: the arts used as vehicles to enhance learning in other subjects. The arts can function in tandem with the entire curriculum, enlivening it and ensuring the student's engagement in the learning process. Music, the visual arts, the media, and theater were used as the means of learning history. They were fused with the subject matter, relating them to the subject being studied and, in the process, enlarging and invigorating learning. This “integration” of the arts can be taken to a more profound dimension in which the classroom creates an environment in which the arts are treated as a primary context for learning to take place.

Keywords: arts; perception; general education; students; learning; curriculum; integration

Chapter.  2775 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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