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“It Just Made Me Want to Do Better for Myself”: Performing Arts Education and Academic Performance for African American Male High School Students*

Calvin Wesley Walton | 2020

Walton, C.W. “It Just Made Me Want to Do Better for Myself”: Performing Arts Education and Academic Performance for African American Male High School Students.” International Journal of Education & the Arts, V. 21 No. 13 (2020): 1-42. Abstract: The abstract for this article, as well as the complete article, is available on the International […]

The Effectiveness of Performative Aerial Practice on Mental Health and the Love of Movement

Maria Kosma, et al. | 2020

Kosma, Maria et al. “The Effectiveness of Performative Aerial Practice on Mental Health and the Love of Movement.” Research in Dance Education. (2020): doi:10.1080/14647893.2020.1784868. Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine whether skill-based and performative aerial practice was more beneficial on mental health and the love of movement than only skill-based aerial practice. […]

The Development of Musical Skills of Underprivileged Children Over the Course of One Year: A Study in the Context of an El Sistema-Inspired Program

Beatriz Ilari, et al. | 2020

Ilari, Beatriz et al. “The Development of Musical Skills of Underprivileged Children Over the Course of One Year: A Study in the Context of an El Sistema-Inspired Program.” Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 7, No. 62 (2016): 1-13. Abstract: This study examined the development of musical skills in children from communities that are historically underserved who […]

A Vision of Civically Engaged Art Education Teens as Arts-Based Researchers

Sara Scott Shields, et al. | 2020

Shields, Sara Scott, Rachel Fendler, and Danielle Henn. “A Vision of Civically Engaged Art Education: Teens as Arts-Based Researchers.” Studies in Art Education 61(2) (2020): 123-141: DOI: 10.1080/00393541.2020.1740146. Abstract: Civic engagement includes a focus on identifying societal and political structures and encompasses how young people understand themselves as civic agents capable of starting and sustaining […]

Can Guided Play and Storybook Reading Promote Children’s Drawing Development?

Jeremy E. Sawyer and Thalia Goldstein. | 2020

Jeremy E. Sawyer and Thalia Goldstein, “Can Guided Play and Storybook Reading Promote Children’s Drawing Development?,” Empirical Studies of the Arts 37, no. 1 (2018): 32–59. Abstract: Children’s drawings are implicated in their emotional, cognitive, artistic and semiotic development, raising the question of how early educators may best facilitate drawing development. This study compared three […]

A Population-Level Analysis of Associations Between School Music Participation and Academic Achievement

Guhn, M., S.D. Emerson and P. Gouzouasis. | 2019

Guhn, M., S.D. Emerson and P. Gouzouasis. (2019). A Population-Level Analysis of Associations Between School Music Participation and Academic Achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication: Abstract: The present study employed population-level educational records from four public school student cohorts (n = 112,916; seventh through 12th grade 7-12) in British Columbia, Canada, to […]

Think3d!: Training Spatial Thinking Fundamental to STEM Education, Cognition and Instruction

Taylor, Holly A. and Allyson Hutton | 2019

Taylor, Holly A. and Allyson Hutton (2013) Think3d!: Training Spatial Thinking Fundamental to STEM Education, Cognition and Instruction, 31:4, 434-455. Abstract: This article describes the initial implementation of an innovative STEAM program (Think3d) for elementary-age children that used origami and pop-up paper engineering to promote visuospatial thinking. All students completed assessments at three points in […]

Dancing Effects on Preschoolers’ Sensorimotor Synchronization, Balance and Movement Reaction Time

Chatzihidiroglou et al | 2019

Chatzihidiroglou et al. “Dancing Effects on Preschoolers’ Sensorimotor Synchronization, Balance and Movement Reaction Time.” Perceptual and motor skills 125, no. 3 (2018): 463-477. Abstract: This study compared an experimental group of preschool children (n=22; mean age=5 years, 8 months) who followed an eight-week dance program with a control group (n=20; mean age=5 years, 5 months) on pre–post […]

Cultivating Interest in Art: Causal Effects of Arts Exposure During Early Childhood

Kisida, B., Bowen, D. H., & Greene, J. P. | 2018

Despite a growing body of literature examining the effects of arts exposure and participation for youth, little is known about the development of attitudes toward art in early childhood. This study uses an experimental research design to investigate the effect of arts exposure on the development of children’s attitudes toward art.

The Effect of Symmetrical and Symmetrical Peer-Assisted Learning Structures on Music Achievement and Learner Engagement in Seventh-Grade Band

Johnson, E. | 2018

The study examines the effect of two different reciprocal peer-assisted learning (PAL) arrangements on music achievement and learning engagement in seventh-grade band classrooms.

Music, Language and Learning: Investigating the Impact of a Music Workshop Project in Four English Early Years Settings.

Pitts, S.E. | 2016

This research used a range of methods to evaluate the ‘Soundplay’ project which ran in four early years (pre-K/K) settings in Sheffield, UK, in 2014-15.

Music composition in the high school curriculum: A multiple case study

Menard, E. A. | 2015

Achieving all objectives in the National Standards for Arts Education would require fundamental changes to the way music is taught in school today.

Learning across disciplines: A collective case study of two university programs that integrate the arts with STEM

Sheena Ghanbari | 2015

Recent research has suggested the arts are well-suited to be combined with science, technology, engineering and math disciplines making the STEM acronym STEAM.

“Searching for an entrance” and finding a two-way door: Using poetry to create East-West contact zones in TESOL teacher education

Cahnmann-Taylor, M., Zhang, K., Bleyle, S. J., & Hwang, Y. | 2015

Several scholars have argued for the importance of aesthetic and autobiographic narratives to democratize the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) field and showcase varieties of minoritized perspectives.

Arts Achieve, impacting student success in the arts: Preliminary findings after one year of implementation

Mastrorilli, T. M., Harnett, S., Zhu, J. | 2014

Arts Achieve: Impacting Student Success in the Arts is a partnership between Studio in a School, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), and four other premier cultural arts organizations from across New York City (NYC).

Creating cultural consumers: The dynamics of cultural capital acquisition

B. Kisida, J.P. Greene, D.H. Bowen | 2014

The theories of cultural reproduction and cultural mobility have largely shaped the study of the effects of cultural capital on academic outcomes.

Found in translation: Interdisciplinary arts integration in Project AIM

Ingram, D., Pruitt, L., & Weiss, C. | 2014

Researchers and staff from Project AIM, an interdisciplinary arts-integration program in Chicago, designed a study to research arts integration as a method of translation.

Partnerships in arts Integration Research final reports.

Scripp, L., Burnaford, G. Vazquez, O. Paradis, L. & Sienkiewicz, F. | 2013

The Partnerships for Arts Integration Research (PAIR) final report summarizes results from a four-year, federal Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) project administered by the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and the Chicago Public Schools from 2007-2010.

How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills

Adrian Hille, Jurgen Schupp | 2013

This study examines how long-term music training during childhood and youth effects the development of cognitive skills, school grades, personality, time use and ambition using representative data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study (SOEP).

The educational value of field trips

Jay Greene, Brian Kisida, Daniel Bowen | 2013

The school field trip has a long history in American public education.

Program Evaluation: Art Around the Corner

Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. | 2012

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) conducted a program evaluation of its long-standing initiative, Art Around the Corner (AAC).

Ecological mural as community reconnection

Kang Song, Y. I. & Gammel, J. A. | 2011

This phenomenological case study documents the Mystic River mural project in the Boston suburb community of Somerville.

Partnerships between schools and the professional arts sector: Evaluation of impact on student outcomes

Imms, W., Jeanneret, N., & Stevens-Ballenger, J. | 2011

This study examines how arts partnerships impact student engagement, student voice, social learning, creative skills, and arts-related knowledge and skills; the five student outcomes linked to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).

Deweyan multicultural democracy, Rortian solidarity, and the popular arts: Krumping into presence

Seltzer-Kelly, D., Westwod, J., & Pena-Guzeman, D. | 2010

The teacher-researcher and a team of research assistants used a case study method to investigate the effectiveness of an art history course for teaching multicultural understanding to college students.

Studio learning: Motivation, competence, and the development of young art students’ talent and creativity

Susan M. Rostan | 2010

In this study, the researcher investigates the behaviors related to the development of artistic creativity and talent in 51 middleclass, suburban students who voluntarily attend a private afterschool drawing program in New York.

Passing on: The old head/younger dancer mentoring relationship in the cultural sphere of rhythm tap

Donna-Marie Peters | 2010

This case study examines the phenomenon of mentorship within inner-city black rhythm tap dancing communities in New York City through an investigation of three different tap dance communities: “La Cave”, “Swing 46” and “On Tap.

Media arts: Arts education for a digital age

Peppler, K. | 2010

The researcher draws upon over three years of extensive field study at a Computer Clubhouse (media arts studio) in south Los Angeles where underprivileged youth ranging in age from eight to 18 have access to programming environments utilizing graphic, music, and video production software.

Drama and possibility thinking – Taiwanese pupils’ perspectives regarding creative pedagogy in drama

Lin, Y. | 2010

The researcher used a descriptive case study to consider how and what kind of creativity is developed through participation in drama-integrated learning, and how students respond to creative pedagogy (using drama-based and imaginative teaching approaches to enhance learning with the goal of cultivating creativity) in a Taiwanese context.

An experimental study of the effects of improvisation on the development of children’s creative thinking in music

Koutsoupidou, T., & Hargreaves, D. J. | 2009

Researchers used a quasi-experimental design to examine the effects of improvisation on the development of children’s creative thinking in music.

Parental perceptions of music in storytelling sessions in a public library

Vries, P. | 2008

This case study examines parent/caregivers perceptions of music in storytelling sessions provided in a public library to children under the age of five, including music activities and ideas parent/caregivers implemented in the home as a result of the sessions.

The impact of art-making in the university workplace

Upitis, R., Smithrim, K., Garbati, J., & Ogden, H. | 2008

This ethnographic case study documents the experience of social research professionals participating in weekly art-making sessions at Queen’s University.

Formal art observation training improves medical students’ visual diagnostic skills

Naghshineh, S., Hafler, J.P., Miller, A.R., Blanco, M.A., Lipsitz, S.R., Dubroff, R.P., … Katz, J.T. | 2008

This quasi-experimental study examines the effect of visual arts training on the physical examination skills of a group of medical students.

Arts in the Classroom Professional Development Program:Final Evaluation Report

Powell, D. | 2007

This study is an evaluation of The Arts in the Classroom Program which engaged 91 Kindergarten through sixth grade classroom teachers from a single school district in order to build their capacity to deliver standards-based interdisciplinary arts instruction to their students.

Enhancing peer conflict resolution skills through drama: An experimental study.

James S. Catterall | 2007

This quasi-experimental study considers the effects of drama instruction on pro-social behavior, learning processes, and attitudes toward drama for middle school children participating in an after-school drama program.

Thinking Through Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum School Partnership Program year 3 research results

Adams, M., Foutz, S., Luke, J. & Stein, J. | 2007

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and an outside evaluation company, ILI, conducted research on the Gardner’s School Partnership Program (SPP), a multiple-visit museum education program for elementary school students.

Community-based arts program for youth in low-income communities: A multi-method evaluation

Wright, R., John, L., Alaggia, R., & Sheel, J. | 2006

The article presents findings from a quasi-experimental evaluation of the National Arts and Youth Demonstration Project (NAYDP).

Studio thinking: How visual arts teaching can promote disciplined habits of mind

Winner, E., Hetland, L., Veenema, S., Sheridan, K., Palmer, P., Locher, I., et al. | 2006

This study first provides an overview of prior meta-analytical research about the notion of transfer between arts learning and non-arts domains, concluding that with only few exceptions, transfer could not be proved because existing studies yield insufficient evidence.

Exploring the outcomes of rock and popular music instruction in high school guitar class: A case study.

Scott Seifried | 2006

This research explored the impact of popular and rock music on high school students’ music education.

Creative Dance: Singapore children’s creative thinking and problem solving responses

L.L. Keun & P. Hunt | 2006

Teacher-researchers developed and implemented a dance-integrated curriculum in a primary class of seven-year-old children and observed the effects of dance education on the children’s acquisition of dance skills and their proficiency in creative thinking and problem solving.

Multimedia arts learning in an activity system: New literacies for at risk children.

Betts, J.D. | 2006

The Multimedia Arts Education Program (MAEP) was an after school program for low income, middle school youth in Tucson, AZ.

Third space: When learning matters

Lauren Stevenson and Richard J. Deasy | 2005

This is a comparative case study of ten schools serving economically disadvantaged communities, which integrated the arts across their curricula as a tool for school reform.

Effects of music training on the child’s brain and cognitive development

Schlaugh, G., Norton, A., Overy, K., & Winner, E. | 2005

Researchers provide preliminary results of a longitudinal study comparing 50 students taking music lessons and 25 students not taking music lessons to investigate if there are any differences in brain structure, function and/or cognitive skills in children who are beginning to study a musical instrument compared to the students who are not taking music lessons.

In the beginning: Young children and arts education.

Jeff Meiners | 2005

This report describes an arts education partnership between Windmill Performing Arts, an Australian national performing arts company for children and families, and the University of South Australia.

Focus in creative learning: Drawing on art for language development

Shirley Brice Heath and Shelby Wolf | 2005

The researchers used a blend of data collection methods from action research and linguistic anthropology to examine the learning environment in which students (ages four to seven) worked with a professional visual artist, one day per week for an entire academic school year.

Thinking Through Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum School Partnership Program Year 2 Report

Adams, M., Luke, J., Herzig, A., Barlage, J. & Stein, J. | 2005

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and an outside evaluation company, ILI, conducted research on the Gardner’s multiple-visit program for elementary school students, the Museum’s School Partnership Program (SPP).

Art and literacy with bilingual children

Carger, C. | 2004

The teacher-researcher designed the action research study to ascertain how the inclusion of visual arts in reading circles can enhance language and literacy learning for young bilingual students.

Challenging out-of-school activities as a predictor of creative accomplishments in art, drama, dance and social leadership

Roberta M. Milgram | 2003

This study seeks to identify creative talent in adolescents by looking at the quantity and quality of their experience in creative extracurricular activities, as measured by the Tel Aviv Activities and Accomplishments Inventory (TAAI).

Renaissance on the Eastside: Motivating inner- city youth through art

Gasman, M., & Anderson-Thompkins, S. | 2003

The study reports on the effects of a community based visual arts program called Artists in the Making (AIM) on four pre-teen students.

The art of community transformation.

Lowe, S. S. | 2001

This study describes how community arts programs support the development of a sense of community.

Going on beyond zebra: A middle school and community-based arts organization collaborate for change

Krensky, B. | 2001

This ethnographic case study examines the impact of an arts-integrated service-learning project on students’ social responsibility.

The A+ Schools Program: School, Community, Teacher, and Student Effects. (Report #6 in a series of seven Policy Reports Summarizing the Four-Year Pilot of A+ Schools in North Carolina)

Corbett, D., McKenney, M., Noblit, G. & Wilson, B. | 2001

This report is part of a series of reports stemming from the comprehensive evaluation of the North Carolina A+ arts integrated school reform program, initially a four-year pilot program in 25 North Carolina schools spread across the state.

Exploring the potential of museum multiple-visit programs

Witmer, S., Luke, J. & Adams, M. | 2000

This study examines the impact for middle school students of the National Gallery of Art’s Art Around the Corner program, an educational program in which students make multiple visits to the museum.

An investigation of an arts infusion program on creative thinking, academic achievement, affective functioning, and arts appreciation of children at three grade levels.

Richard L. Luftig | 2000

The researcher used a quasi-experimental research design to discern the effects of a school-wide arts infusion program called SPECTRA+.

Arts Education in Secondary Schools: Effects and Effectiveness.

Harland, J., Kinder, K., Lord, P., Stott, A., Schagen, I., Haynes, J., Cusworth, L.,White, R., & Paola, R. | 2000

The purpose of this large-scale study was to examine the effects of secondary school arts education (in visual arts, drama, dance, or music) in England and Wales.

Artists-in-residence in public schools: Issues in curriculum, integration, impact.

Bresler, L., DeStefano, L., Feldman, R., & Garg, S. | 2000

Researchers used a comparative case study method to examine an Artist-in-Residence program conducted in eight urban schools spanning third through eighth grades.

Investigating the educational impact and potential of the Museum of Modern Art’s Visual Thinking Curriculum: Final report

Tishman, S., MacGillivray, D., & Palmer, P. | 1999

This study examines student outcomes associated with the Visual Thinking Curriculum (VTC), a program designed to foster students’ thinking skills through looking at and discussing visual art.

Imaginative actuality: Learning in the arts during nonschool hours

Shirley Brice Heath and Adelma Roach | 1999

This research draws upon data from a ten-year national study that describes academic, personal, social and civic outcomes of out-of-school programs on students.

Artistic talent development for urban youth: The promise and the challenge

Baum, S., Oreck, B., McCartney, H. | 1999

The researchers studied three cohorts of students enrolled in the Young Talent Program, an arts program offering instruction in music and dance to students enrolled in New York City public schools beginning at grade three and extending outside of school into early adulthood.

Do extracurricular activities protect against early school dropout?

Mahoney, J. L. & Cairns, R. B. | 1997

Researchers followed 392 students from seventh to twelfth grade and interviewed them annually about extracurricular activities.

Effects on an integrated reading and music instructional approach on fifth-grade students’ reading achievement, reading attitude, music achievement, and music attitude.

Andrews, L.J. | 1997

The researcher conducted a study to determine if integrated reading and music instruction had an effect on students’ reading and music achievement and on their attitudes toward reading and music.

The Effect of the Incorporation of Music Learning into the Second-Language Classroom on the Mutual Reinforcement of Music and Language

Lowe, A.S. | 1995

This study examines the effect of a music program integrated into Canadian second grade French immersion classes on music and second language learning.

Second and Sixth Grade Students’ Art Historical Interpretation Abilities: A One-Year Study

Erickson, M. | 1995

The researcher used a case study model and multiple assessments over the period of one year to determine the impact of art history instruction on the art historical interpretation abilities of elementary school students.

Relationship between creative behavior in music and selected variables as measured in high school students

Webster, P. R. | 1979

This study is concerned with measurement of music creativity, specifically the subcategories of music composition, music analysis, and music improvisation ability.