Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
During the 2006-2007 school year Arts for Academic Achievement (AAA) established a work group
of high school science teachers, district science curriculum specialists, a visual artist, and AAA staff
to develop an embedded course on integrating observational drawing and science instruction. The
new course would join the embedded courses on Readers’ Theatre and Tableau that were being
offered by AAA for the first time during 2006-2007. The embedded courses were distinct in that they trained teachers in specific arts-integration
strategies. As part of a larger study of AAA, program staff asked the University of Minnesota’s Center for
Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) to document the course development
process. The purpose of this report is to describe: 1) the process AAA staff used to develop the
course, and 2) how two teachers, who were involved in developing the course, integrated drawing
into their science instruction.
Arts for Academic Achievement: A Descriptive Report on the Development of an Embedded Course on Observational Drawing and Science.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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