1st Edition

The Leonardo Effect: Motivating Children To Achieve Through Interdisciplinary Learning

Edited By Ivor Hickey, Deirdre Robson Copyright 2013
    176 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    172 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    'Children learned more in a week than they normally would in a term' Fiona Loudon, Head Teacher

    'The pupils were captivated by the excitement, a captivation that in turn led to an increase in literacy levels, self-motivation and cooperative learning' Emer Vance, Teacher and Scott Vance, Head Teacher

    The Leonardo Effect ties together the whole primary curriculum by demonstrating the ways in which art and science can be integrated, allowing children to build up both skills and knowledge. It also equips teachers to teach in a more creative and inspiring manner improving children’s engagement and attainment. The method aims to excite children’s curiosity and to capture their imaginations, igniting a passion for self-motivated learning.

    Divided into two parts, the first section consists of overview chapters written by lecturers in Education who describe The Leonardo Effect’s unique method of integrating art and science in detail, and the outcomes achievable. Part two comprises a series of illustrated case studies contributed by teachers and head teachers who have embedded The Leonardo Effect in their schools, found it has transformed their curriculum, and has been positively evaluated by inspectors. These case studies deal with:

    • literacy;
    • creativity;
    • disaffected learners;
    • learners with special needs;
    • school leadership; and
    • assessment.

    This book is based on the experiences of researchers, teachers and school leaders who tested The Leonardo Effect in primary schools throughout the British Isles. It has been shown to transform children’s learning and raise attainment. Feedback from the schools demonstrates how it enhances teaching and learning.

    The Leonardo Effect is ideal for students and practising teachers, curriculum developers and academics working in the field of education.

    1. Art Education at the Heart of Learning; 2. The Way Forward for Science Education; 3. The Leonardo Effect: Rationale, Methodology & Mechanism; 4. The Leonardo Effect: Putting Theory into Practice; 5. Analysis of Feedback from Schools taking part in The Leonardo Effect Pilot; 6. Buried Treasure: Uncovering Literacy Jewels in The Leonardo Effect; 7. Creativity on Fire in Ynystawe; 8. Jordanstown School Applies The Leonardo Effect in Teaching with Children who are Deaf or Visually Impaired; 9: A Head Teacher Reflects; 10. Walking the Earth with our Eyes Turned Skyward; 11. Synchronised Integration of Art and Science: a Model for Excellence in the Scottish Primary Classroom; 12. A Student Teacher Asks: Can The Leonardo Effect Enhance Literacy Attainment in Boys?; 13: Assessment of Leonardo Effect Learning in our School


    Ivor Hickey has lectured in science, medicine and education and has published extensively in all three areas. Deirdre Robson is Head of Art in St Mary’s University College and lectures in art with education. Her interest is in creative curriculm design and development, and the importance of artistic experession in children's learning.