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Curriculum integration
Integrated arts
Arts education
Classroom practice
Teacher learning
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Bautista, A., Tan, L. S., Ponnusamy, L. D., & Yau, X. (2016). Curriculum integration in arts education: Connecting multiple art forms through the idea of ‘space’. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 48(5), 610-629.
Arts integration research has focused on documenting how the teaching of specific art forms
can be integrated with “core” academic subject matters (e.g., science, mathematics, literacy).
However, the question of how the teaching of multiple art forms themselves can be integrated
in schools remains to be explored by educational researchers. This paper draws on data
collected at a secondary school in Singapore. The case study analyses how three art teachers,
by using the idea of “space” as organizing theme, implemented a module of instruction that
connected concepts and processes from a variety of art forms (including dance, music, drama,
and visual arts). We present evidence from curriculum materials, lesson plans, studentteacher
classroom interactions, and students’ productions. Students were able to reflect upon
the importance of space within the arts, analyse the points of convergence and divergence
among several art forms, experiment with space and create their own interdisciplinary
performances. Our ultimate aim is to provide insights that might inspire art teachers in
designing instructional units focused on “big ideas”. We suggest that allowing more
curricular freedom and providing teachers with adequate structures for interdisciplinary
collaboration are key to achieving meaningful levels of integration.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Curriculum Studies. The published version is available online at
0022-0272 (print)
1366-5839 (online)
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