Art: Technology for inclusive creative arts

Rebecca Heaton, Jean Edwards

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This chapter explores the theme of STEM to STEAM, adding the arts to science, technology, engineering and maths. The arts can enhance different stages of a STEM investigation. At the beginning, they might offer an inspirational impetus by being part of the learning trigger or prompt. Whilst work is ongoing, they can help to make connections between learners. Towards the end of a project, the arts can engage an audience and communicate results. Seen in this way, the explicit art within STEM-based tasks can act as bridges to communicate ideas with others. The arts might be enfolded into any part of the learning, as a multimodal channel for learning, a catalyst for ideas, or as a mediation tool that makes the ideas more accessible to others. For example, a product of a STEM investigation be a data visualisation that draws upon visual literacy skills to interpret scientific findings. A key question is what does the arts add to the process of STEM enquiry and vice versa?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology for SEND in Primary Schools
Subtitle of host publicationA guide for best practice
EditorsHelen Caldwell, Steve Cullingford-Agnew
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781526402363
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • Art
  • SEND
  • Education
  • Art education


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