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Research

What do we do?

The work of a2ru Research is guided by three basic questions:

  1. What is arts integration?
  2. Why does arts integration matter?
  3. How do you “do” arts integration?

The answers we provide to these three questions help A2RU partners meet their knowledge, communication, and program implementation goals.

How do we do it?

We consider it a cycle, mapped as follows:

We start with data. Some of that data comes from the literature of arts-integration and associated fields, but most comes first-hand from three major a2ru studies conducted between 2012 and the present.

Using a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, we derive insights from this data. A2RU partner concerns determine where we focus our analysis, for example on tenure and promotion policy, interdisciplinary collaboration, or “amplifying” arts integration on individual campuses.

In the maker tradition, we translate our research insights into tools, games workshops, rubrics, maps, agendas, and publication. These resources make it easy and practicable for partners to put our insights into practice.

 

 

The Case for Arts Integration Workbook

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What is Arts Research?

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Patterns of Best Practice

A new a2ru research project in development

Collaboration Workshops

a2ru’s Collaboration Workshop aims to provide face-to-face interaction, time-on-task, and scaffolding for the identification and activation of effective practices.
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Implicit/Explicit: Delve Deeper Into Tacit Practices

A deck for faculty and academic leaders who are charged with aligning tenure and promotion policy with institutional values of arts integration and interdisciplinarity
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Tenure & Promotion Canvas Worksheet

A worksheet to identify & describe an institution tenure & promotion landscape.

Webinar: Cluster Hires & Cross-Disciplinary Appointments

A 2018 session from our Circuits series

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Reading List

Key scholarly resources on collaboration among the arts and other disciplines

The Collaboration Kit

A workshop-in-a-box for collaborative know-how
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What’s Next? A Decision Support and Ideation Tool for Research Planning

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External Reviewers for Tenure & Promotion

An exclusive benefit for institutional members

Impacts Map

This visual overview of of the impacts of arts integration and interdisciplinarity in the university is a tool for case-making, communication, and further inquiry.

Reading List: Impacts of Arts Integration in the University

A list of key scholarly resources on articulating impact.

Impacts Workshop

Build your case in this online or in-person workshop for artists and designers

Impacts Book: New Perspective, Awareness, Understanding

A short book exploring how encounters with the arts change our understanding and give us new perspective
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Impacts Book: Skills and Capacities for Students

A short book exploring the long list of skills and capacities that students build through their experiences with the arts
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Impacts Book: Student Experiences

A short book exploring the ways that students' experiences with the arts impact their learning, personal development, and social lives
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DIY Impacts Workshop & Worksheet

Create a shortened version of a2ru’s half-day workshop
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