ERIC Number: ED061614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Relations of Education in the Arts to General Academic Achievement by Secondary and College Students. Final Report.
Sprouse, W. Warren
In this study, data from the records of 944 college preparatory high school graduates were collected. In a follow up study of 364 of the graduates, stuents with high enrollments in the arts (art, music, and drama) were compared with other students on the basis of achievement in high school academic subjects, enrollments in college arts courses, and college grade point average. Multiple linear regression analyses were used to determine the effects of high enrollment in each of the high school subject areas on grade point averages in college academic subjects. In addition, the number and distribution of high school academic subject units earned by the sample students were compared with the entrance requirements of 200 colleges and universities to determine if study school students could enroll in more arts subjects and still meet the specific subject requirements of colleges with selective admission policies. Results showed that with I.Q. and sex variables controlled, enrollment level in high school arts subjects had no significant effect on either high school or college grade point averages in academic subjects. Students with high arts enrollments in secondary school had higher arts enrollments in college; high enrollment in the arts neither aided nor penalized students in academic subject area achievement. (Author/RA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Art Education, College Students, Curriculum Research, Dramatics, Educational Research, Enrollment Trends, Grade Point Average, Intellectual Disciplines, Longitudinal Studies, Multiple Regression Analysis, Music Education, Secondary School Students, Student Characteristics, Units of Study
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville.