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Lesson Plans


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Wed, 5 Jun 1996 11:14:34 -0500 (CDT)

Okay, folks. here's the info on that article I mentioned which reported thet
arts training improves other areas of education:

The article appears in: Nature Magazine
volume 381
23 May 1996, page 284
"Learning Improved by Arts Training"
Martin F. Gardiner and Alan Fox, Reasearch and
Outreach Programs,The Music School,
Providence, RI 02906
Faith Knowles, Kodaly Center of America,
Providence, RI 02906
Donna Jeffrey, Start With Arts Program,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

The test groups participated in a music and visual-arts curriculum which
emphasized sequential skill development. The control groups received the
system's standard arts and music training. Otherwise, the curricula were
identical. While reading was positively affected, the most significant
differences were in math scores. While the article is interesting, (and a
good argument for improved arts education), I would like more info on the
nature of the test program and what was included in the "standard"
curriculum. Aside from actual test scores, students were evaluated on
attitude and behavior, which also improved. If anyone pursues this (as I
intend to do) please keep us all posted.

Eileen Prince
Sycamore School