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ERIC Number: ED529896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 84
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Research-Based Communication Tool Kit
Brown, Sherry; Campbell-Zopf, Mary; Hooper, Jeffrey; Marshall, David; McLaughlin, Beck
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Significant research over the last decade has built a strong case for the value of arts learning. Major summaries, including "Schools, Communities, and the Arts" (1995); "Champions of Change" (2000); "The Arts in Education: Evaluating the Evidence for a Causal Link" (2000); "Critical Links" (2002); and now "Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement" (2006), have focused serious attention on researchable questions regarding arts learning. These summaries represent a mass of incremental evidence confirming that the arts develop valuable, even essential intellectual and academic skills, as well as other positive attributes. Some of those summaries, along with the works of individual scholars, also have provoked controversy about what individuals know--actually a healthy sign in any discipline. Daily, arts administrators at the state and local levels must make sense of and apply research to their work. Several years ago, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) Arts Education Advisory Committee identified a common interest in learning more about scientific research and its influence on educational policy, which led to the development of the monograph "An Introduction to Scientifically-Based Research". Following publication of the monograph, the Advisory Committee decided to explore how to disseminate information based on the ever-increasing body of research related to arts learning. To accomplish this task, the Monograph Extension Sub-Committee was formed and charged with developing several concrete advocacy examples based on the information found in a section of the monograph "Disseminating Research: A Planning Guide". This Tool Kit brings together several components that advocates at state and local levels can use in crafting individualized messages for specific audiences and local contexts. Components are research-based, drawing on careful reviews and analyses of research literature that confirm, explain, and clarify the role of the arts in various significant policy contexts. The materials in the Tool Kit are meant to be "boilerplate" to some extent so that arts advocates can adapt them to their contexts and needs, quickly creating targeted, personalized advocacy messages. Individual sections contain footnotes and annotated bibliographies.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies