Dear Art Educators,
The topic "does art make kids smarter?" appeared on
ArtsEducators list....Ways of teaching art CAN make
kids better thinkers....and develop life long
Here is something for you to investigate:
Paideia seminar technique
Patty Knott uses these techniques in aesthetic
questioning (and mentioned it in an email to me).
"Paideia schools offer a unique approach to active
learning. Paideia's two-fold goal is to teach all
students to think, and to enable all adults in
students' lives to see themselves as life-long
learners. To this end, the Paideia classroom combines
three instructional techniques: didactic instruction,
coaching of academic skills, and Paideia seminar
discussion. Together, these three types of instruction
have been proven to enhance the literacy, problem
solving, and thinking skills of students at all grade
levels and abilities. Paideia is also known to enhance
school climate and culture, leading to a safer overall
environment for learning."
Just one middle school using this approach:
This site shows results are mixed:
Incredible Art Department
Incredible Art Resources
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