Dan Scheinfeld
March 2004

Should arts be taught for their own sake, or do they have a direct, measurable effect on performance in other subjects?

The proper role of arts in the classroom has long been a contentious issue for educators. While most agree that education in the arts can be a valuable part of the elementary curriculum, there is a broad range of opinion on how arts can be most effectively used in teaching, and for what purpose.

An approach to these questions that joins theory, curriculum design, and evaluation could lead to improvements in both the theory and practice of arts integration.

The article appears in Applied Research in Child Development, a publication of the Herr Research Center.

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