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October 15, 201215 October 2012

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The focus of this internet-based clearinghouse is “on research examining how education in the arts – in both discrete arts classes and integrated arts lessons – affects students’ cognitive, personal, social and civic development, and how the integration of the arts into the school curriculum affects student learning and educators’ instructional practice and engagement in the teaching profession.”

Users of the site can search for desired reports or drill down into research results based on a matrix of topic areas across three main headings:

  • Outcomes of arts education (for “engaged, successful students” or for “committed, effective educators”).
  • Learning context (in-school or out-of-school).
  • Education level (early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, post-secondary education, or adulthood/lifelong learning).

The clearinghouse currently contains “summaries of close to 200 research studies, syntheses of the major findings of these studies, and implications of the collected research for educational policy”.

The site “builds on Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, a compendium of research that [the Arts Education Partnership] published in 2002 exploring the impact of arts education on student success in school, life, and work”.

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