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ERIC Number: ED444898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Arts and Prosocial Impact Study: Program Characteristics and Prosocial Effects.
Stone, Ann; Bikson, Tora; Moini, Joy; McArthur, David
This report details one piece of a larger, integrated research plan to provide scientific evidence on the effectiveness of fine arts interventions in promoting positive change in youth. This report, Phase 3, states that, building on prior work, interview data were collected and analyzed from 35 arts interventions in the Los Angeles (California) area with the objective to relate expert assessments of the prosocial value of a range of fine arts interventions to specific program features. The results of this analysis will be combined with earlier research to lay the foundation for a longitudinal, multi-city field experiment tracking the impact of arts interventions on at-risk youth. Analysis suggests that serious artistic instruction is a necessary program feature for fine arts interventions to promote prosocial development in youth. It notes that this association of artistic discipline with prosocial development in youth is not a surprise: review of the research literature on community-based intervention programs pointed to disciplined effort as one characteristic of effective interventions, and the subsequent study of "best practice" arts interventions supported the same conclusion. The report pinpoints five program features as strongly associated with prosocial impact: extended time-in-program; complementary program components; ties with other community organizations; youth mentorship opportunities; and emphasis on performance and presentation. (Contains 2 figures, 13 tables, and 22 notes. Appendixes contain expert surveys, interview protocol, and program data charts.) (BT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: California Arts Council, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)