Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
Vicki L Olson
Gretchen Kranz Irvine
The decline of literacy skills continues to be a crisis and a concern. It is important to emphasize that being literate goes beyond reading and writing. The definition of literacy can and should also include the ability to listen and speak. With this inclusion literacy becomes well defined as a form of communication. While art and writing are both forms of expression and thereby a means of communication, it is only natural that, because the two share the same goal, they should be studied jointly. The study and practice of art can enhance student's fine motor skills, cognitive learning development and critical thinking and as a result improve literacy skill development. The time to begin infusing art into literacy lessons is early childhood. Elementary teachers need to embrace a curriculum that binds the two subjects together to send students to succeed throughout their education and beyond.
Wagner, Amy, "Becoming Literate Through Art: Benefits of a Literacy Infused Art Curriculum" (2009). Theses and Graduate Projects. 877.