Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
This paper presents the findings from a longitudinal research study of the experiences and
conditions in which community-based artists have been blended into everyday, on-going
instruction in six Minneapolis elementary schools. Along with an earlier paper, “Arts
Integration—A Vehicle for Changing Teacher Practice,” this paper substantiates and
deepens what was first described by teacher participants in group interviews. The
methodology for this current study utilized extensive classroom observation conducted
The six schools studied were part of a larger district-wide arts integration initiative,
where a total of 43 schools were involved in the Annenberg Arts for Academic
Achievement Project. Within each of the six selected schools presented in this paper are
individual and teams of classroom teachers who have worked with the same artist over
the course of one to three years. The classroom teachers and teaching artists were
observed on twenty-two different occasions by observer-researchers from CAREI over
the course of a year.
Arts for Academic Achievement: Images of Arts Infusion in Elementary Classrooms.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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