A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 5. Extrinsic Learning
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Promotion of Intellectual Skills
The artists, teachers, and project coordinators provided a number of examples of students operating at a broad range of intellectual levels: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating4 (refer to appendix 3, pp. 120–122). The participants noted that the arts instruction promoted curiosity and offered young people the unique opportunity to exercise their imagination (i.e., visualization) and to think conceptually through the use of an artistic language (i.e., symbolization). Both visualization and symbolization represent a foundation for higher-order thinking skills, such as decision making. A project coordinator (principal) summarized this development succinctly:
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