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Action Research Paper

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Urban Education

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Penny Rossetto

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Art therapy; Mathematics--Study and teaching; Behavior modification


Eliciting student enjoyment and positive disposition are critical components to effective instruction and high academic achievement in any elementary classroom. Many educators struggle with connecting students to their learning, especially in mathematics. This study focused on integrating art into the classroom, specifically in the core content area of mathematics. The study sought to examine the effects of art integration on students’ dispositions, students’ enjoyment of mathematics, and students’ academic achievement. Sixteen students in a K5 Kindergarten classroom with one primary classroom teacher participated in this study. Throughout the 6-week research period, students participated in art and non-art activities correlated to a mathematics objective during the “Apply” portion of the “Launch, Explore, Summarize, Apply” instructional model. To measure academic achievement and student enjoyment, students participated in daily exit assessments and daily enjoyment surveys on the art or non-art activity. Parents and guardians also participated in a pre- and post-test survey about their students’ dispositions towards mathematics, art, and school. The results of this study show that students’ exit assessment scores increased when connected to an art activity, and students’ dispositions positively increased over the intervention period as observed by their parents and guardians. Results also consistently indicate that students enjoyed mathematics on a high level throughout the intervention period. Implications for future research include lengthening the study over the academic year to determine art integration’s lasting effect, balancing the number of art and non-art activities to give a true and equalized sense of which activities were influential, and to create improved student surveys that better reflect students’ enjoyment.


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