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Fine Arts and the K-12 Curriculum Essay

… Fine Arts & the K-12 Curriculum

Including the fine arts in a K-12 curriculum has become a controversial issue in educational institutions and local school settings. Some educators and administrators view the arts as a "frivolous" appendage to the overall school program. Others believe it is an integral part of developing well; rounded individuals and contend that the arts support academic achievement. Since the arts are not included in high stakes testing and are not a part of the No Child Left Behind legislation, communities in support of fine arts programs are finding it difficult to justify the resources and time allocated for music, art and drama when offered. In higher education, over the years, your institution's fine arts department has built an extensive community…. [read more]

K-12 Curriculum and Instruction: Changing Research Proposal

… From what? Boring stuff." (2011)

Robinson states that the instance of ADHD "has risen in parallel with the growth of standardized testing. And these kids are being given Ritalin and Adderall and all manner of things. Often quite dangerous drugs to get them focused and calm them down. But according to this attention deficit disorder increases as you travel east across the country. People start losing interest in Oklahoma. They can hardly think straight in Arkansas. And by the time they get to Washington they've lost it completely." (Robinson, 2011) The model of education is a system of education "…which is modeled on the interest of industrialism. And in the image of it. I'll give you a couple examples. Schools are still pretty much organized…. [read more]

Decentralization of Cultural Arts Funding Term Paper

… With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, state and local Arts Council funding, as well as other foundation and corporate funding, YA/YA, is now a non-profit organization (Young Aspirations / Young Audiences) which guides students from the L.E. Rabouin Career Magnet High School toward becoming self-sufficient artists with professional experience and entrepreneurial skills (, YA/YA created a business plan and built a small fabric-printing workshop that now generates additional earned revenue, making it less dependent on grants and contributions. "YA/YA's annual budget is just under a half-million dollars, but a large and growing percentage of that comes from earned revenue. YA/YA sells art -- more than a quarter-million dollars by its sixth year of operation" ( program is only one example of decentralization…. [read more]

Music Enrollment in and Attitudes Towards K-12 Music Classes Literature Review

… Music Education

By any objective standard, K-12 public school music programs are in trouble. Due to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act that renewed the Elementary Education Act 1965 under then president George W. Bush, music programs are being cut due to an increased emphasis on core subjects. Also, music programs are perhaps seen as being less relevant today than they were in previous years and student opinions of music programs are dwindling constantly. The picture is grim and this results in a dichotomy in the dwindling support/interest in K-12 music programs and the overall positive attitudes people have towards music. In a review of the scholarly literature on K-12 public school programs, this author will focus on 3 essential themes as follows:

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Relationship of Museums to the Community Term Paper

… Relationship of Museums to the Community

The objective of this work is to examine what part that museums play in the life of a community and what new roles and responsibilities are the museums in communities adopting and what are the possibilities. This work will examine whether museums within a community recognize the community's stake in the decision making processing and programs of the museum and what collaborative relationships have developed among museums and the communities in which they are located. This work will further answer the question of whether museum exhibitions may be objective or if they must inevitably express a point-of-view and who controls the collection of the museum as well as the exhibition process and point-of-view. This work will answer how museum…. [read more]

Gender Segregated Math Classes in Middle School Research Proposal

… Gender-Based Education

For many decades there have been disparities in education along the lines of gender. Some of these disparities were as a result of sexism and an unwillingness to teach female students. However, in the current educational environment many of these disparities can be attributed to the fact that boys and girls simply learn differently. As such, adjustments have to be made as it pertains to teaching styles. These adjustments are particularly needed at the middle school level where subjects such as math and science become more difficult and female students start to lose interest. Gender segregation within the context of middle schools is a topic that has received a great deal of attention in recent years. In addition a great deal of attention…. [read more]

Educational Assessment Methods and Standards Term Paper

… However, the transition to from traditional to alternative assessments can be tricky at times, particularly when students have become accustomed to conventional methods. Typically, students initially respond to alternative assessments with confusion and frustration, since they are not sure what is expected of them under this new method. Therefore, teachers that utilize alternative assessment methods are trained to explain the situation and the assignment very carefully before students begin their work on the problem, also known as modeling assessment tasks. This action provides students with a framework for completing the assignment using individual skills, and this model creates student confidence in the tasks being performed (Silbermann, 2003). However, it is somewhat of a challenge for teachers when performing alternative assessments, as they must be careful…. [read more]

Technology Use in the Classroom Literature Review

… ¶ … extraordinary developments in technology have had a similar extraordinary influence on education, particularly that of the internet, online learning, and interactive computer-based learning in the K-12 curriculum. In fact, as early as the mid-1990s educators were receiving reports from the Department of Education that "through the use of advanced computing and telecommunications technology, learning can also be qualitatively different. The process of learning in the classroom becomes significantly richer as students have access to new and different types of information, can manipulate it on the computer through graphic displays or controls…. And can communicate their results and conclusions in a variety of media…" (Education, 2003). What literally hundreds of research studies do tell us, though, is that used properly, technology can enhance the…. [read more]

Exposure to the Arts Term Paper

… (27%)"

Another important revelation of the Champions of Change (1999) report is that a high level of involvement in theater was "co-related to high levels of achievement in reading proficiency. Low socio-economic status (SES) students highly involved in theater outscored the low SES students who were not involved in theater in reading proficiency." It is important to note the fact that it is reported that "The 9% advantage of high-theater involved 8th graders growth to a 20% advantage by 12th grade." (Champions of Change, 1999)

Data from the College Entrance Examination Board showed findings that students who take four or more years of arts/music classes while in high school score 90 to 10 points higher on SAT examination than other students who took only 6…. [read more]

Self-Efficacy: A Definition Social Cognitive Term Paper

… A cycle self supporting cycle is created by the teacher of wither utilizing the technology in the class room as an important part of the instruction, or treating it like an unwanted add on to their standard teaching methodology. The course of actions taken by the teacher is one which will support itself, and duplicate itself unless acted on by an outside force.

Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory

Bandura believed that cognitive theories which attached human behaviors exclusively to external stimuli were simplistic perspectives on personality. His work has arisen from the belief that a person's personality and their environment determine and influence each other. His work, while begun with adolescents, developed these four steps in the process which he believed modeled and shaped a personal…. [read more]

Technology to Improve Behavior Research Proposal

… In addition, computers enhance children's self-concept, and children demonstrate increasing levels of spoken communication and cooperation. Children share leadership roles more frequently and develop positive attitudes toward learning." However Haugland suggest that in order for most effective use of the computers "they must provide concrete experiences, children have free access and control the learning experience, children and teachers learn together, teachers encourage peer tutoring, and teachers use computers to teach powerful ideas."


The proposed study will be conducted in one second grade class. Second grade is chosen because it is felt that the first -graders may not be quite ready for technology in the classroom, and it is better to introduce the computers early, rather than wait until the students are in the third…. [read more]

Developing a Computer Training Program to Enhance Technology Integration by School Administrators Term Paper

… ¶ … Computer Training Program to Enhance Technology Integration by School Administrators

In recent years, globalization has sparked a revolution in information and communication technology, resulting in the emergence of a new era of educational instruction. As technology becomes more common it is imperative that leaders update their skills and begin to integrate technology into their leadership techniques. Using technology produces a more productive and professional leader. Technology reduces the hassle of administrative responsibilities while also providing ongoing opportunities for growth and learning for leaders and employees. This literature review examines the current state of research and reviews the resolutions for the reality of the use of technology for the development of a computer-training program to enhance technology integration by school administrators.

The revolution in…. [read more]

Zuni Indians Education Term Paper

… Zuni Education

One of the most significant examples of cultural whitewashing is that of the education system for Native American. Native American children, in every state of the United States were to become American citizens through a system of education that isolated them from culture and family and demanded that they learn white ways, including but not limited to language. "Compulsory education was a key element of the government's assimilation policy. 52 "When we speak of the education of the Indians," wrote Commissioner of Indian Affairs Thomas J. Morgan in 1889 "we mean that comprehensive system of training and instruction which will convert them into American citizens."

Roscoe 112) for nearly 100 years such a policy was in place, with regard to Native American education,…. [read more]

Virtual Reality Term Paper

… Technology learning is one of the most widely discussed issues within the education world today. This stems largely from the demand of individual students whose worlds have been surrounded by technology and technology concepts for the most of their lives. Today's student knows more about technology than their parents and really any generation of students that have come before them. The phrase "traditional teaching" has been given a whole new meaning in the age of information technology. (Levy, 1995, p. 22) Within the education arena several advances have demonstrated marked usability. (Sykes & Reid, 1999, p. 61) in this work the implications and many dimensions of virtual reality will be explored as a learning tool for use in education. Early analysis of the efficacy of…. [read more]

RTI Response to Intervention Term Paper

… In short, early childhood educators as a group may be more focused on basic skill development and more accustomed to flexible and responsive service delivery than their elementary school counterparts. Therefore, it seems possible that RTI would be more readily accepted in early childhood, as it likely represents less of a philosophical or pedagogical shift at the preschool level.

Principles of RTI

Four key principles that consistently appear in models of RTI include the procedure of (1) entire screening of students in the school to detect the ones who are at risk of low academic performance, (2) a school wide, multi-tiered approach to prevent such school failure, (3) continuous monitoring of progress (hereafter progress monitoring) to document a student's progress (or lack thereof) and to…. [read more]

Elementary Classroom Websites Support Children's Literacy Term Paper

… ¶ … Elementary Classroom Websites Support Children's Literacy: a Review of the Relevant Literature

Any teacher or parent can readily testify that anything that engages a young learner's interest in reading can help contribute to literacy acquisition, but clearly some approaches are better suited for some children than others. Because the Internet offers such an enormous array of educational resources today, it just makes good sense to use these technologies to help promote literacy in the elementary school classroom as well. Moreover, many young learners come to the elementary classroom today equipped with valuable computer skills that can be readily applied to new and exciting learning activities in school and at home. When these same skills are applied to developing and maintaining a Web site…. [read more]

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