Synchronised Integration of Art and Science in the Primary School
|Grant type:||Development (2000-08)|
|Leader(s):||Dr. Ivor Hickey|
|Organisation:||St Mary's University College|
|Address:||Science Department & Art Department, 191 Falls Road, Belfast. BT12 6FE|
|Start Date:||1 June 2004|
|End Date:||30 June 2006|
|Interim report received:||20 January 2009|
|Final report received:||30 September 2008|
This project will trial the concept of fully integrating art and science in primary education, within a new model for an exciting and dynamic teaching programme.
It is the non-linear thought patterns at all levels of art activity and the higher levels of science activity that take centre role. The project will seek to fully integrate two subject areas, which are typically perceived in education as being intrinsically different and separate. The programme will test in four schools the innovative idea of shared learning outcomes within a programme entitled Flights of Imagination. It will include elements of: Observation, Gathering Information, Development and Creation, building upon children's natural curiosity and lateral thinking in the exploration of flight. Art methods will be used to develop scientific concepts while maintaining the integrity of art education.
The programme's objectives are to:
- encourage a more explorative, imaginative and enthusiastic response to science education in children;
- deepen children's knowledge and understanding of the world to inform their art making, better matching current thinking in art education;
- produce a dynamic model for curriculum coherency, built upon shared learning outcomes;
- enrich children's learning experiences by providing numerous opportunities for developing key skills.
The project will interest: Curriculum Developers; ITE Providers; Undergraduates and Postgraduates in Education and Teachers.