Inclusiveness in the classroom through Art-integrated learning
Anuradha Sharma, Surbhi
As our culture and civilization expand and flourish, the world of education is always changing. Our teaching methods are being replicated to reach the minds of tomorrow in a meaningful way. The use of the arts as a prism through which students can observe and explain alternative disciplines is known as arts integration. Art Integrated Learning is an innovative approach to teaching and learning that ensures productive and enjoyable classroom interactions to keep students' attention, encourage learners, support active participation in the classroom process, and allow them to develop their thinking abilities while taking into account individual differences and preferences. Howard Gardner's Diverse Intelligence Theory (1983) was a good way to encapsulate an Arts Integration strategy that might develop a student's autonomy by focusing on multiple learning styles and talents/abilities. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has also produced extensive rules and a framework for integrating art into pedagogy to make an environment i.e "experiential and joyful" in lecture halls. This article looks at the benefits of Art Integrated Learning in terms of fostering inclusion in the classroom. The purpose of this study is to look at 'Arts' as a pedagogical tool and its impact on a child's overall learning and development. The importance of an Art Integrated Learning method is that it promotes inclusivity in the classroom while also serving as a facilitator/educator in developing inclusivity.Learners use a variety of art genres to develop their creativity while making connections between seemingly disparate themes. Drawing and painting, clay modeling, pottery, paper crafts, mask and puppet making, heritage crafts, and other visual and performing arts activities (music, dance, theatre, puppetry, etc.).