Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
Critical Evidence highlights, in non-technical language, the impacts of arts education with regard to academic achievement and student success. The report indicates that, despite strong research into the importance of arts education in a well-rounded education, “study of the arts is quietly disappearing from our schools”. In particular, “poor, inner-city and rural schools bear a disproportionate share of the losses”.
The report identifies six major types of benefits associated with arts education: reading and language skills; mathematical skills; thinking skills; social skills; motivation to learn; and positive school environment.
There is research evidence of the impact of learning in a range of arts disciplines:
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Current research is also attempting to measure some subtle effects of arts education, such as the motivation to achieve and the ability to think critically.
The report concludes that, “despite convincing research and strong public support, the arts remain on the margins of education, often the last to be added and the first to be dropped in times of strained budgets and shifting priorities”.