ERIC Number: ED134507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Poetry and Visual Arts Components of the Artists-in-Schools Program. Study Summary [And] Study Highlights.
Western States Arts Foundation, Denver, CO.
This evaluation report discusses the success of the Artists-in-Schools program, a national program begun in 1966 which has placed over 2,000 professional artists in over 5,000 schools. The effects of the visual arts and poetry components on artists, poets, school administrators, students, and teachers in ten western states are discussed. Approximately 300 schools participated in the study, which made use of a general questionnaire, student survey, anecdotal survey, in-depth interviews, and a job ranking scale. Findings indicate that high percentages of artists/poets and administrators believe the program has fostered creativity among students; teachers and administrators rated cooperation between themselves and the artists/poets very high; and 70% of administrators and teachers reported that artists/poets had good ability in classroom management and holding student interest. Student self-identity, discipline, and confidence appeared to grow as a result of the program, and student interest and achievement in other academic areas increased as well. Passive and problem students showed therapeutic effects. Ninety-one percent of administrators and teachers commented favorably on the tolerance of artists/poets for administrator, student, and teacher viewpoints. The study summary, highlights, and a technical report are available from state arts councils and commissions nationwide. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western States Arts Foundation, Denver, CO.