Art Integration as School Culture Change
by William Charland
Bill Charland is Assistant Director of the Frostic School of Art and Coordinator of the Art Education Program at Western Michigan University. He is a long-time VTS advocate and trainer, and was instrumental in implementing VTS in Lansing. His article on "School Culture Change" that traces the introduction of VTS in the Lansing Schools, is now available in the online journal The International Journal of Education and the Arts.
Art Integration as School Culture Change: A Cultural Ecosystem Approach to Faculty Development
While much has been written about arts integration theory, and the various benefits of visual art in the curriculum, the literature is sparse regarding arts integration implementation, and the personal, professional, and school culture barriers to the persistence and dissemination of such interventions. Successful educational interventions are purposefully designed, taking into consideration the culture of the stakeholders, a school's or district's larger contextual factors, and the sequence and timing of program phases. Bronfenbrenner's theory of cultural ecology is employed as a framework to examine the steps involved in the introduction, instantiation, and persistence of an art integration program in an urban school system.
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