Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is ArtsEdSearch?

A. The Arts Education Partnership created ArtsEdSearch as a first-of-its-kind resource for reliable and objective research and policy information on the benefits of learning in and through the arts. ArtsEdSearch is the nation’s first online research clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school. ArtsEdSearch provides user-friendly summaries of key research findings, identifies topics for future research, and provides key policy implications based on existing high-quality research. See details at About ArtsEdSearch.

Q. What kind of research is included in ArtsEdSearch?

A. The research in ArtsEdSearch is evidence-based research on arts education that uses appropriate research methods to examine specific outcomes of arts education for students or educators in both in-school and out-of-school contexts. While these outcomes may be related to arts-based teaching practices, it is not the goal of ArtsEdSearch to directly address pedagogy. There are many excellent sources of information research on teaching and learning in and using the particular arts disciplines such as the professional organizations for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts education.

Q. How do I search in ArtsEdSearch?

A. Searching in ArtsEdSearch is very easy. Under any tab on the home page simply select “Find Studies.” Once on the Find Studies page, you will be able to select from any of the criteria listed on the left-side of the page including:

  • Age Level of students (e.g., early childhood, middle school);
  • Times (e.g., during school or out-of-school);
  • Art Forms (e.g., dance, visual arts);
  • Student Outcomes (e.g., reading comprehension, creative thinking, motivation);
  • Educator Outcomes (e.g., professional learning, teacher engagement & retention);
  • School Outcomes (e.g., parent involvement, school climate and culture);
  • Community Outcomes (e.g., safety/reduced violence); and
  • Program Provider (e.g., libraries, performing arts organizations).

Q. How do you select research to be included in ArtsEdSearch? Can I submit a study?

A. AEP works with teams of researchers to seek out high-quality arts learning research related to student and educator outcomes in in-school and out-of-school contexts. The research is reviewed according to the Criteria for Inclusion, which is based on guidelines and principles developed by the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association. Interested in submitting to ArtsEdSearch? Click here to learn how to submit a study.

Q. Why can’t I find a specific study?

A. ArtsEdSearch is not inclusive of all research related to arts learning. ArtsEdSearch contains only studies that directly investigate learner outcomes and that meet our Criteria for Inclusion.

Q. What is a learning outcome?

A. Learning outcomes are knowledge, skills, capacities, and other desired benefits that are attained as a result of an activity. The outcomes ArtsEdSearch addresses are included under the broad categories of academic, cognitive, personal, professional, and social and civic. Click here to learn more.

Q. What is the difference between School Day and Out-of-School?

A. ArtsEdSearch defines “School Day” as regular school hours (bell to bell), which may vary from school to school. “Out-of-School” refers to non-school hours including before school, after school, weekends, and seasonal breaks.

Q. Is there a charge to use ArtsEdSearch?

A. There is no charge to use ArtsEdSearch.

Q. After I submit research to ArtsEdSearch, how do I know if it will be included?

A. Submissions are reviewed periodically and submitters will be notified if the study is selected for inclusion. If accepted for inclusion, submitters will be asked to submit an 800-word summary of their study using a template provided by AEP. Click here to learn more.

Q. Why can’t I see the original full text of the study?

A. Because of copyright laws, ArtsEdSearch does not provide access to full text studies. ArtsEdSearch provides summaries of research written in a style that makes the information accessible to a general audience. You can use the references provided in each research summary to find and access the individual studies.

Q. Can I download the entire database or get a CD or electronic copy of the database?

A. No; ArtsEdSearch is copyrighted by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Since AEP only has a license to make it available on the Web, copies cannot be provided to others. While you cannot download the entire database, you can use the references provided in each research summary to find and access the individual studies.

Q. How often is ArtsEdSearch Updated?

A. ArtsEdSearch is updated on a quarterly basis. AEP will announce these updates on both the AEP website and in the ArtsEd Digest electronic newsletter.

Q. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

A. Contact the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) at