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5th Edition

Arts Integration
Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural Settings

ISBN 9781138647381
Published July 15, 2016 by Routledge
288 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Practical and engaging, Merryl Goldberg’s popular guide to integrating the arts throughout the K-12 curriculum blends contemporary theory with classroom practice. Beyond teaching about the arts as a subject in and of itself, the text explains how teachers may integrate the arts—literary, media, visual, and performing—throughout subject area curriculum and provides a multitude of strategies and examples. Promoting ways to develop children's creativity and critical thinking while also developing communications skills and fostering collaborative opportunities, it looks at assessment and the arts, engaging English Language Learners, and using the arts to teach academic skills.

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 meeting state and federal student achievement standards.

Changes in the 5th Edition: New chapter on arts as text, arts integration, and arts education and their place within the context of teaching and learning in multiple subject classrooms in multicultural and multilingual settings; Title I and arts integration (focus on student academic achievement, student engagement, school climate, and parental involvement–the 4 cornerstones of Title I); Attention to the National Core Arts Standards as well as their relationship to other standardized tests and arts integration; more (and more recent) research-based studies integrated throughout; Examples of how to plan arts integrated lessons (using backward design) along with more examples from classrooms’; Updated references, examples, and lesson plans/units; Companion Website:

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 Arts 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

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 the schools. Prior to entering academia she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing the saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band.