ERIC Number: ED444897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Arts and Prosocial Impact Study: An Examination of Best Practices.
Stone, Ann; McArthur, David; Law, Sally Ann; Moini, Joy
Perhaps the only way to maintain consistent support for the arts will be to demonstrate decisively that fine arts programs can contribute in quantifiable and positive ways to solving important social problems such as crime and violence. The broad goal of this impact study is to provide such evidence. This report discusses the results of the second phase of a three phase study. Phase 2 has four objectives: to refine the theoretical framework using data gathered from Phase 2 field work to supplement the literature review in Phase 1; to identify best-practice programs using this refined theory; to develop initial versions of assessment instruments; and to provide advice for members of the arts-intervention community. Nine Los Angeles (California) arts intervention programs selected for in-depth investigation shared a commitment to developing youth as "whole people." The report explains that examination of best-practices sites led to: (1) a greatly enriched theory of effective arts interventions; (2) instrument development and outcome measures to be used in Phase 3; and (3) a rich picture of important characteristics of arts interventions that appear to work. The study found that successful programs are often led by one or two charismatic leaders or change agents. The arts interventions studied demonstrated a high degree of flexibility in program structure and operations, i.e., the use of mentorship. (Contains a figure, 19 tables, 26 references, and 14 online references. Appended are interview protocols and a supplementary study.) (BT)
Descriptors: Art Education, At Risk Persons, Case Studies, Change Agents, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Fine Arts, Intervention, Interviews, Social Development, Social Science Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Arts Council, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)