ERIC Number: ED465119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-1
The Impact of Arts Education on Workforce Preparation. Issue Brief.
Research examining the impact of arts education on workforce preparation has confirmed that programs incorporating the arts can be educational, developmentally rich, and cost-effective ways of providing students with the skills needed for productive participation in today's economy. Arts education has been shown to help students develop basic, higher-order thinking, and affective skills needed for workplace success. Studies have shown that young people who study the arts show heightened academic standing, a strong capacity for self-assessment, and a secure sense of their own ability to plan and work for a positive future. Studies of arts-based education programs for general, at-risk, and incarcerated youth populations in 10 states have documented their effectiveness and illustrated how schools can make strategic use of states' cultural resources. Governors seeking to take advantage of the arts as a workforce development strategy can take the following policy actions: (1) include arts education as an element of comprehensive education reform legislation; (2) encourage artists to participate in community development programs; (3) leverage the private sector's willingness to contribute to the arts by providing seed funding and starter grants to innovative arts-based education programs; and (4) facilitate collaboration between arts educators and juvenile detention centers to promote programs for detained youth. (Contains 27 endnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Art Education, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Employment Qualifications, High Risk Students, Human Capital, Instructional Effectiveness, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Skill Development, State Action, State of the Art Reviews, State Programs, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.nga.org/cda/files/050102ARTSED.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Best Practices.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; Florida; Massachusetts; Mississippi; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; South Dakota; Texas; Washington