Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Closing the Achievement Gap Through Arts Integration
by Panagopulos, Kathleen, Ph.D., Notre Dame of Maryland University, 2015, 167; 3687902
Abstract (Summary)

As educators grapple with the issue of eliminating achievement gaps that exist among student groups, instructing for students' diverse learning needs while effectively meeting the demands of the curriculum can be a daunting task. Arts integration (AI) is a research-based strategy that has been demonstrated to lead to positive effects in student achievement with the greatest effect being among students who qualify for federal meals benefits (FARMS) (Deasy, 2002; Catterall, 1999; Rabkin & Redmond, 2006). This mixed-methods study evaluated state mandated reading assessment data for a cohort of grade three students for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 within one school district in Maryland using a formula developed by the Maryland State Department of Education to determine student change scores. While analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) of AI and change scores for FARMS and non-FARMS students did not yield a positive relationship, further qualitative analysis of principal and teacher interviews and classroom observations at five public AI elementary schools revealed perceptions among educators of a positive relationship of AI to student achievement. Utilizing a grounded theory approach to examine emergent themes, a theory of effective models of arts integration was developed to include the elements of: shared vision, student engagement, rigorous instruction and teacher capacity. This study provided information regarding the optimal method of delivering arts integrated instruction that may lead to student achievement and reduce the achievement gap between FARMS and non-FARMS students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mahoney, Margaret, Fenster, Mark
Commitee: Davis, Diane, Doherty, Kathy, Feeley, Kathleen, Sarther, Catherine, Slear, Sharon
School: Notre Dame of Maryland University
Department: Department of Education
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Elementary education, Literacy, Reading instruction
Keywords: Arts, FARMS, Integration, Learning needs, Maryland
Publication Number: 3687902
ISBN: 978-1-321-65894-1
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