Art education improves students' academic, social development, study finds

Educationdive | February 13, 2019

A new study from the Houston Education Research Consortium — a partnership between Rice University and Houston-area schools — has found an initiative to expand arts education in elementary and middle schools improved students' academic and emotional development, according to the consortium's website. The study, called "Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences: Experimental Evidence from Houston’s Arts Access Initiative," was conducted by Dr. Daniel H. Bowen of Texas A&M University and Dr. Brian Kisida of the University of Missouri. According to the study, which examined 10,548 students across 42 schools, students' art educational experiences reduced the proportion of those receiving disciplinary infractions by 3.6 percentage points, and it additionally improved students' writing achievement and compassion. The results also showed elementary school art programs boosted school engagement, college aspirations and arts-facilitated empathy.

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While teaching and studying are constantly evolving, learning itself has not changed. This section outlines the necessary psychological prerequisites for learning1 . Feel free to skip over this section if you are primarily looking to learn about the practical tools rather than the research that underpins them. Learning is an intensely complex human phenomenon, and distilling it down to a few features will thus necessarily distort it. Such distillation is, however, necessary for the purposes of this design book, as it enables the development of teaching in a research-based manner. The fundamental question this section poses is as follows: What are the psychological factors without which learning is impossible?

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