Arts-Integration in a Middle Grades Social Studies Classroom

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Dorminey, Stephanie J.
arts-integration; middle grades; education; history; Educational Methods; Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching; Student Research & Creative Works, University Honors Program, Theses
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Many middle grades students are not engaged in their Social Studies classrooms, and history teachers are faced with the task of finding an effective way to engage students and help them remember the required content. The purpose of this study was to investigate how integrating the arts in a middle grades history classroom influences student learning and student satisfaction in social studies. The study is mixed-methods; therefore, data collected are both quantitative and qualitative. Participants are two classes of middle grades students at a rural school in the Southeastern United States. This study will benefit educators who are interested in learning specifically about arts-integration in the middle grades history classroom and how this method affects student achievement and satisfaction in the Social Studies classroom.