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6th Edition

Arts Integration
Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural Settings

ISBN 9780367409104
Published March 30, 2021 by Routledge
324 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its sixth edition, Merryl Goldberg’s popular volume Arts Integration presents a comprehensive guide to integrating the arts throughout the K-12 curriculum, blending contemporary theory with classroom practice.

Beyond teaching about arts education as a subject in and of itself, the text explains how teachers may integrate the arts—literary, media, visual, and performing—throughout the subject curriculum, offering a wealth of strategies, techniques, and examples. Promoting ways to develop children’s creativity and critical thinking while also developing communications skills and fostering collaboration and community activism, Arts Integration explores assessment and the arts, engaging English Language Learners, and using the arts to teach academic skills in science, math, history, and more.

This text is ideal as a primer on arts integration and a foundational support for teaching, learning, and assessment, especially within the context of multicultural and multilingual classrooms. In-depth discussions of the role of arts integration in meeting the goals of Title I programs, including academic achievement, student engagement, school climate, and parental involvement, are woven throughout the text, as is the role of the arts in nurturing Creative Youth Development work and its importance to the community.

This revised and updated sixth edition combines a social justice emphasis with templates for developing lesson plans and units, updated coverage on STEAM education, along with brand new examples, case studies, and research. An expanded range of eResources is also available for this edition, including links to further resources readings, additional imagery and videos, and sample lesson plans.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Art as Text, Arts Integration, and Arts Education

Chapter 2: Art Integration: A Methodology for Learning

Chapter 3: What Does It Mean to Be a Learner?

Chapter 4: Piaget, Imitation, and the Blues: Reflections on Imagination and Creativity

Chapter 5: Communication, Expression, and Experience: Literacy and the Arts

Chapter 6: The Voices of Humanity: History, Social Studies, Geography, and the Arts

Chapter 7: The Wonder of Discovery: Science and the Arts

Chapter 8: Puzzles of the Mind and Soul: Mathematics and the Arts

Chapter 9: Setting the Stage for a Turn of Events: Subject Matter Informs the Arts

Chapter 10: Seeing a Different Picture: Assessment and the Arts

Chapter 11: A Lithograph in the Closet and an Accordion in the Garage: Connecting with the Arts and Artists in Your Community

Chapter 12: Beyond Walls: Mural Making and Critical Voices: Collaborative Art Projects


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Merryl Goldberg is a Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at California State University San Marcos, USA. She is founder and director of Center ARTES, an organization dedicated to restoring the arts to education, author of numerous publications, and recipient of many grants relating to her work with the arts in schools. Prior to entering academia, she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band.