The impact of an arts‐integrated curriculum on student literacy and engagement

Rachel P. Feldwisch, Kristie L. Coker, Shanna M. Stuckey, Ashley A. Rittenhouse, Kassi K. Kite, Joshua S. Smith
2014 International Journal of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education  
This paper presents the results of mixed‐method examination of the implementation and outcomes of the Arts Integration Program (AIP). The AIP was created by a national nonprofit organization that works with educational systems, the artscommunity, and private and public sectors to provide arts‐related education to elementary school aged children. The arts‐based literacy curriculum included an artist‐in‐residence component. The study design included classroom observations,interviews, and a
more » ... t standardized Literacy Assessment Tool in 11 schools in the Midwest. Results show high levels of student enthusiasm and engagement in the AIP, with consistently sustained levels of student engagement when the artists in residence facilitated learning. Student scores increased modestly in literacy knowledge, and the findings provide avenues for other schools to infuse arts into their literacy instruction.
doi:10.14434/ijlcle.v3i0.26910 fatcat:nzrhpvejcfa4hec7axt6rmmz2e