Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
The following paper explores the impact of several factors on the implementation of the
Annenberg-funded Arts for Academic Achievement program in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
using survey data collected from elementary teachers in spring 2001. This program sought to
increase the integration of theatre, music, visual arts, and other art forms into core curriculum as
a means of increasing overall academic achievement. Specifically, we examine the
contributions of two important sociological concepts related to teaching practice: mental models
and professional community, along with the specific teaching strategy of interdisciplinary
teaming as employed in the program.
Seashore, Karen; Anderson, Amy; Riedel, Eric.
Implementing Arts for Academic Achievement: The Impact of Mental Models, Professional Community and Interdisciplinary Teaming.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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