• So, what did this [a2ru] conference really have to do with the arts? Actually, quite a lot. Even though it wasn’t explicitly a traditional conference about the fine arts, I felt like there was an underlying message that artists should always be part of the larger conversation about creativity and innovation. After all, artists have the unique trait of being communicators by training.
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The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the Evidence Shows

  • October 24, 2011
  • By a2ru      
This article reviews fifty years of studies connecting arts to academic improvement, including many unpublished papers.


 

Author: Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner

This tough-minded and much-discussed article by Project Zero researchers Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland reviews fifty years of studies connecting arts to academic improvement, including many unpublished papers. The authors calculated effect sizes and conducted a number of meta-analyses. The review identified a small number of studies that found reliable causal relationships between arts study and specific learning outcomes. Many studies were correlational, of course, and the researchers advocated for additional research and theory building to strengthen the field. (This note is excerpted from the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities citation.)

Hetland, Lois and Ellen Winner. The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the Evidence Shows. Arts Education Policy Review, Vol 102, No. 5. 2001.