Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 7, No. 3 (2010)

Engaging 21st Century Learners: A Multidisciplinary, Multiliteracy Art-Museum Experience

Arlene L. Barry, University of Kansas


This study discusses the impact of a multidisciplinary collaboration between a university-affiliated art museum and a literacy course required for preservice middle school and high school teachers. The purpose of the art museum visit was to encourage future teachers of English, science, social studies, foreign languages and mathematics to offset their typical heavy use of the textbook with visual art. Results of a survey distributed to participants after licensure and once they were out in the schools teaching, indicated that the art museum experience influenced their use of the visual arts and art museums in their current instruction and their studentís subsequent learning. Additionally, their personal use of art museums and related expertise increased.

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