EDTC 605 Visual/Performing Arts in Education
Multiple and single subject candidates will explore the four disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts in an effort to create a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the needs of all learners. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences will be used as a springboard to better understand how the visual and performing arts aid students. Recent developments in brain research pertaining to the benefits of teaching to the "whole brain" will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on how the arts have the potential to strengthen learning, improve memory and retrieval, as well as enhance learner motivation and morale. Candidates will attend school and community presentations involving various arts. The greater goal of the course is to help candidates make connections between concepts across subject areas using differentiated approaches of the visual and performing arts to facilitate this process.