The Learning Renaissance

Art-Based Learning Implementation Strategies

Another excellent synopsis from John D’Souza on Art-Based Learning…

ABL – Art-Based Learning:

  1. What are “arts-based teaching and learning” practices?
  2. How are arts-based teaching and learning practices implemented?
  3. What are the effects of arts-based teaching and learning practices?

Arts-based learning for business provides the crucible for creativity, innovation and transformation that helps us thrive in a world of change.

At the community level, arts-based teaching and learning may focus on improved outcomes for special populations or for the community as a whole.  To affect knowledge of the arts, for example, schools may provide instruction in visual arts, music, dance, or drama, perhaps integrating these four disciplines.  Classroom models bring art activities to students in a regular classroom setting. An “artist-in-the-classroom” or “artist-in-residence” works cooperatively with the students’ regular teacher to plan and implement art or arts-based lessons.

Effects Attributed to Arts-Based Teaching and Learning:

  1. At the community level, arts-based teaching and learning improves relationships and, therefore, cooperation among partners.
  2. Arts-based teaching and learning improves classroom and school climate.
  3. Arts-based instructional practices improve teacher quality.
  4. The literature describes both affective and cognitive benefits for students who participate in arts-based learning.
  5. Arts-based instruction increases interest and motivation; increases self-esteem and willingness to try new things; develops learning abilities; develops thinking skills; develops neural systems.
  6. Social development may be related to arts-based learning.
  7. Arts-based learning generalizes to other learning.
  8. Arts-based teaching may be particularly effective with diverse learners.
  9. Academic development may be related to arts-based learning.

Positive relationships between arts and academics as follows:

  1. Drama develops higher-order language and literacy skills.
  2. Music enhances language learning.
  3. Music enhances spatial reasoning.
  4. Art experiences develop writing skills.
  5. Arts experiences develop literacy and numeracy skills.

Recommendations for the Implementation of Arts-Based Teaching and Learning:

  1. Teach teachers arts-based instructional strategies to engage learners.
  2. Give the arts a permanent place in education.
  3. Provide an interdisciplinary curriculum.
  4. Support co-teaching to implement interdisciplinary curricula.
  5. Connect with the community.

Resources to implement ABL:

  1. Music in the Classroom
  2. Music Theory Lessons
  3. Music Matters
  4. Drama in the ESL Classroom
  5. Drama Tool Kit
  6. Drama in the Classroom
  7. Teaching Drama to Kids
  8. Creative Drama Classroom

Additonal reading: Design Thinking Through ART-Based Methods – Design Thinking with YOU in Mind | UBQT Solutions


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