If you wish to submit a research study for possible inclusion in ArtsEdSearch, please begin by reviewing the Criteria for Inclusion. Studies must meet all criteria to be eligible for inclusion in ArtsEdSearch.
If your study meets the criteria, please click here to submit the study to the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) for review.
All summaries submitted to ArtsEdSearch are subject to approval by AEP and may be edited to ensure consistency of voice, the accuracy of content and clarity of findings.
Criteria for Inclusion in ArtsEdSearch
Part 1: Absolute Criteria Checklist
- The article describes a formal research project or evaluation, as opposed to a journalistic or descriptive account, and its intent is to answer one or more questions or investigate one or more hypotheses.
- The study involves the collection of new data and is not a review of existing literature or research (meta-analyses that use prior studies as data and analyze them to investigate a research question or hypothesis are ok).
- The study focuses on learning in the arts via a structured program, project or component (which can occur in either an in-school or out-of-school setting) not simply an isolated arts activity or experience.
- The study examines one or more outcomes of arts education for students or educators.
- The article includes and explains how the researcher(s) measured or observed outcomes, including a description of methods used for data collection and analysis.
- The author(s) describes one or more findings about the outcomes of arts education for students and/or educators yielded from the study’s methods.
- The study is available via print, email request or electronic download.
The ArtsEdSearch Review Panel will rate each study based on the following dimensions:
- The report fully and explicitly describes methods used and population(s) studied in the research.
- The identified methods are substantially and logically related to the research objectives, questions or hypotheses.
- The statement of the study design includes specific attention to issues of reliability and validity.
- The report identifies the population(s) studied and explains sampling procedures when appropriate.
- The report identifies the population(s), if any, to which the findings can be generalized.
- If the research seeks to establish causal explanations, the study substantially reduces plausible competing explanations for results through one or more of the following:
- Experimental or carefully controlled quasi-experimental design.
- Other robust designs, such as longitudinal research, case-control methods, statistical matching or time-series analyses.
- Naturalistic or ethnographic research that carefully analyzes and examines descriptive data.
- Triangulation of multiple methods.
- The findings include the development of a logical, evidence-based chain of reasoning.
- Data and analysis within the article are adequate to support the author’s findings.
- The report fully and candidly presents any limitations to the findings, including remaining threats to validity and possible alternative explanations.
- The report is written in a clear manner and avoids sensationalism or speculations outside of the methodology and findings.
- If the research is ethnographic or naturalistic, the report substantially quotes or excerpts original sources (for example: interviews and observation notes).
- The study includes sufficient access to the data and methodology for secondary analysis, replication or the opportunity to further test findings.
The ArtsEdSearch Review Panel process is conducted in two stages applying the two sets of ArtsEdSearch Criteria. AEP developed these criteria in consultation with the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association.
In Stage One, AEP reviews submitted studies against the Absolute Criteria to determine eligibility for inclusion in ArtsEdSearch. AEP does not make any quality assumptions about the study in Stage One and only determines whether the research fits within the scope of ArtsEdSearch. Studies meeting all of the Absolute Criteria advance to Stage Two, during which the ArtsEdSearch Review Panel evaluates studies against Quality Criteria.