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When the curriculum revision process began at a southern university for an upcoming program review, elementary education faculty decided to look at current coursework to determine whether the "Arts in the Integrated Curriculum" course adequately prepared preservice elementary education majors to teach the creative arts (music, movement, drama, visual arts). Since the new program would certify K-6 teachers, instead of the previous 1-6 certification, a concern existed regarding preparation for both primary and upper elementary grades. A study examined whether those students interested in teaching the primary grades felt prepared to teach the integrated arts in kindergarten. While the research method was qualitative, the research design followed an interpretive approach and allowed for interviews and content analysis. Subjects were obtained from a sample of 15 junior and senior level teacher education students who had completed the aforementioned course. A telephone questionnaire was developed that focused on preferred teaching levels, feelings of being appropriately prepared for preferred teaching levels, and recommendations for improvements. Findings indicated that students who preferred to teach primary grades felt adequately prepared to integrate the creative arts. Findings also suggested that students were already applying techniques learned in the course to other assigned course projects and job-related situations such as a summer library program. It was concluded that the existing course met the needs of the sample group. The recommendations were evaluated and implemented in the existing course. Contains a sample questionnaire and five references. (BT)

Descriptors: Creative Art, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teacher Education, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys











Author: Hale, Judy A.; Lowry, Patricia K.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8008&id=ED429870







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