Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. George G. Mallinson
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The Problem and Its Background
It has been shown that creative activities can implement a child's understanding of history and geography and that children actually learn by recreating dramatic situations in their own dramatic terms. Furthermore, integration of the arts into other subject-matter areas furthers a child's academic receptivity, understanding, and absorption.1 Since this is true, what more vivid type of learning could take place in the area of social studies than actual performance through creativity? If a child, through such activity can lose himself momentarily by means of identification with persons and situations being studied, he will, according to the above statements, retain more effectively the knowledge he gains.
It is recognized throughout the world that the backgrounds of people are mirrored in the arts. Hence there is no better way to offer the child a realistic understanding of what he is learning than through the realm of creativity.
Harsha, Maryellen, "The Use of Art Activities in the Later Elementary Social Studies Program" (1958). Master's Theses. 4228.