Art Inquiry: Creative Inquiry for Integration and Metacognition
Drawing on an example of a creative inquiry project that explores natural forms as inspirations for concepts and symbolism, this chapter illustrates art inquiry integration (AII), an approach to arts integration that stems from contemporary art practice, specifically arts-based research (Sullivan, 2010). AII takes the methods and thinking of arts-based research and applies them to teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms—demonstrating how an arts-based inquiry can cross-disciplinary lines to create authentic, organic integration that enables learners to build deep and broad understanding of academic content, make vital connections among school subject areas, and find personal meaning in what they are learning. Practicing AII also helps learners build their thinking skills and become metacognitive about their art making, thinking, and learning processes. Moreover, AII builds creative, imaginative, and associative thinking as ways to learn. It is ultimately an approach to learning and teaching that enables learners to build fresh perspectives and holistic understandings through creative means. This chapter explains the theory that supports AII and the methods it employs, and it also discusses how this approach is being implemented in the Bay Area (Northern California) schools in the USA.
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