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Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: The Long-Term Effects of Sustained Involvement in the Visual and Performing Arts During High School

  • October 24, 2011
  • By a2ru      
This study uniquely explores differences in the impact of engagement in the arts and athletics.


Author: James Catterall

This study is particularly important because it is large-scale – following 12,000 students over a decade; and comparative – uniquely exploring differences in impact between engagement in the arts and athletics. Focusing on students from low-SES households (whom much prior research has shown to benefit disproportionately from arts-integrated learning), Catterall finds major advantages accruing long-term to those who attended arts-rich schools, including greatly increased college attendance and achievement, and much enhanced pro-social engagement.

Catterall, James. Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: The long-term effects of sustained involvement in the visual and performing arts during high school. Los Angeles: Imagination Group, 2009.