Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Using Visual Arts to Enhance Children's Understanding of Social Studies

Dr. Nancy A. Chicola, Barbara J Smith, Rosemary Leibowitz.


During this time of data-driven instruction and assessment, the visual arts have been relegated to a backseat in the curriculum. Works of art can become the visual diary for social studies content. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, video, and computer graphics symbolically represent the world around us. Visual images can serve as catalysts in provoking emotional responses and evoking creativity. Seeing color, space, shape, texture, patterns, and concepts helps children create meaning. Through explorations with quality art integrated with social studies content, children experience a deeper conceptual understanding. Children who not only evaluate, but also create works of art enhance problem-solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking abilities. A fusion of visual arts and social studies into classroom activities facilitates cognitive processing that supports improved thinking across the curriculum.

Presenters

Dr. Nancy A. Chicola  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Elementary Education and Reading Faculty of Applied Sciences and Education
Buffalo State College

Nancy A. Chicola is associate professor in the Department of Elementary Education and Reading at Buffalo State College. She teaches an undergraduate course in social studies methods and graduate courses in school administration. Her research, primarily in social studies education, has produced two books: Discovering World Geography with Books Kids Love and Creating Caring Communities with Books Kids Love. Other research has been focused on the areas of curriculum and instruction.


Barbara J Smith  (United States)
Lecturer
Department of Elementary Education and Reading Faculty of Applied Sciences and Education
Buffalo State College



Rosemary Leibowitz  (United States)




Keywords
  • Visual Arts
  • Social Studies Education



(60 min. Workshop, English)