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ERIC Number: ED537918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-3
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Fine Arts Education. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
What are the benefits of a Fine Arts education? With the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2000, extreme pressure has been put on schools to concentrate the majority of their efforts and resources on reading, math and science skills. Yet, NCLB also states that every child should be well-versed in the arts. Some research has shown that when students study the arts, it leads to higher achievement in other academic areas, especially when the arts are meaningfully integrated throughout different content areas. Studies in Chicago indicated that test scores of students who studied the arts went up two times faster than those in comparable schools. A well-rounded education in the fine arts helps students develop skills such as observation skills, critical thinking skills, deeper and more complex thinking skills, spatial reasoning and temporal skills, presentation and performance skills, and reasoning skills. Gardner stated "... that skill and craft gained in the arts help students to understand that they can improve in other consequential activities and that their heightened skill can give pleasure to themselves and others" (The Arts and the Transfer of Learning, p. 154). Characteristics of successful fine arts programs are listed. (Contains 2 resources and 19 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001