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Oral Presentations - Guzman 201

Presentation or Panel Title

Common Core, 21st Century Skills, and the Studio Habits of Mind

Location

Guzman 201

Start Date

4-24-2015 1:20 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 1:35 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Rosemarie Michaels

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Teachers are facing the challenge of a diminishing budget while feeling pressures to implement new content standards in their classrooms. Anxiety results as teachers must teach skills that increase performance on mandated tests. Arts programs are first to be affected, as they are cut from school budgets and instructional time in order to make room for more attention towards content areas and test preparation. However, arts instruction has many benefits to students. Research suggests that students who participate in arts instruction during the school day or in after school programs showed a higher proficiency in content areas such as mathematics and reading in comparison to students who did not receive arts instruction (Melnick et al., 2001). The success of students who received arts instruction is often attributed to skills that are acquired during the process of making art; known as the Eight Studio Habits of Mind. The Eight Studio Habits of Mind are known to improve the social climate of learning environments, provide a new academic language to discuss students’ progress in the classroom, and prepares students to take an active role in society (Malin, 2012). Furthermore, the Eight Studio Habits of Mind align with the Common Core State Standards, as well as with the 21st century skills; communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Therefore, the integration of arts education across the curriculum is a promising way to serve students while meeting academic standards. The purpose of this study is to learn how teachers can integrate the Eight Studio Habits of Mind into their curriculum. The research question is, how do teachers integrate the Studio Habits of Mind into their classrooms? I expect results to indicate that students benefit both academically and socially through the integration of the Eight Studio Habits of Mind across the curriculum.

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Common Core, 21st Century Skills, and the Studio Habits of Mind

Guzman 201

Teachers are facing the challenge of a diminishing budget while feeling pressures to implement new content standards in their classrooms. Anxiety results as teachers must teach skills that increase performance on mandated tests. Arts programs are first to be affected, as they are cut from school budgets and instructional time in order to make room for more attention towards content areas and test preparation. However, arts instruction has many benefits to students. Research suggests that students who participate in arts instruction during the school day or in after school programs showed a higher proficiency in content areas such as mathematics and reading in comparison to students who did not receive arts instruction (Melnick et al., 2001). The success of students who received arts instruction is often attributed to skills that are acquired during the process of making art; known as the Eight Studio Habits of Mind. The Eight Studio Habits of Mind are known to improve the social climate of learning environments, provide a new academic language to discuss students’ progress in the classroom, and prepares students to take an active role in society (Malin, 2012). Furthermore, the Eight Studio Habits of Mind align with the Common Core State Standards, as well as with the 21st century skills; communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Therefore, the integration of arts education across the curriculum is a promising way to serve students while meeting academic standards. The purpose of this study is to learn how teachers can integrate the Eight Studio Habits of Mind into their curriculum. The research question is, how do teachers integrate the Studio Habits of Mind into their classrooms? I expect results to indicate that students benefit both academically and socially through the integration of the Eight Studio Habits of Mind across the curriculum.