Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum for Gifted Students

Studies have shown that the arts can significantly advance gifted students’ academic and creative abilities and cognitive functioning (e.g., Hetland, 2000; Seeley, 1994; Walders, 2002; and Willet, 1992). This is a strong rationale for making the arts an essential feature of gifted education. Goertz (2002) envisions art instruction as the “fourth R” in education and demonstrates how it increases the skills of observation, abstract thinking, and problem analysis.

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