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Study on Arts Integration and Creativity in the Classroom

Mariale Hardiman, John Hopkins University and Luke Rinne, Johns Hopkins University

March 24, 2011
19 minutes
Mariale Hardiman, Luke Rinne

Recently appointed as interim dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Dr. Mariale Hardiman joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2006 as Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies after serving in the Baltimore City Public School System for more than 30 years.  As the principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Dr. Hardiman led the school to its designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  During her tenure as principal, Dr. Hardiman devised a teaching framework, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model, which connects research-based effective instruction with elements from the brain sciences to inform teaching and learning. Continuing her interest of bringing to educators relevant findings from the brain sciences, Dr. Hardiman collaborated with colleagues from across the University and community to develop the JHU School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative, supported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Brain Science Institute.

Luke Rinne is a postdoctoral fellow with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative. Using his experience in the fields of cognitive science and education, Rinne hopes his work with the Neuro-Education Initiative can help bridge the gap between learning research in the brain sciences and current pedagogical practices. Rinne also teaches in the Mind, Brain, and Teaching Certificate Program, and along with colleagues, he is currently studying the effect of providing practicing teachers with knowledge from the neuro- and cognitive sciences, as well as the effect of arts-integrated curricula on memory for content.