Cell organelles and silk batik: A model for integrating art and science.Science Scope (2012)
All too often, subjects in schools present disjointed phenomena as a compilation of data or facts that seem isolated from students’ lives. However, current science education pedagogy clearly emphasizes integration
of knowledge and skills in real-world settings (NRC 2007). This integrated instructional approach addresses
fundamental process skills as described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education (NRC 2012). This alignment can be observed in practices 4, 6, 7, and 8 (analysis and interpretation of data, constructing
explanations, engaging in argument from evidence, and communicating information). To illustrate
this, we describe an activity that integrates science and art concepts around the theme of cell organelles,
using the exciting and somewhat unusual medium of painted silk batik, which has a “wow” factor of beautiful
results beyond typical school-based media.
Publication DateFall October 1, 2012
Citation InformationDambekalns, L. & Medina-Jerez, W. (2012). Cell organelles and silk batik: A model for integrating art and science. Science Scope, 36(2), 44-51.