ERIC Number: EJ1115316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Measuring Critical Thinking: Results from an Art Museum Field Trip Experiment
Kisida, Brian; Bowen, Daniel H.; Greene, Jay P.
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, v9 suppl 1 p171-187 2016
Research shows that participation in school-based arts education has declined over the past decade. A problem for the arts' role in education has been a lack of rigorous scholarship that demonstrates educational benefits. A component of this problem has been a lack of available data. In this study, we use original data collected through a randomized controlled trial to measure the effects of school visits to an art museum. Building on previous work, we find positive effects of art museum visits on students' ability to critically examine a work of art. Importantly, we validate our previous findings with an additional experiment that utilizes a different style of art to assess critical-thinking outcomes, adding extra validity to the assessment instrument and our results. Our research suggests that policymakers should more fully consider the educational benefits of arts education, and scholars should consider broader approaches to measuring student performance in nontested subjects.
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Arts Centers, Art, Museums, Field Trips, Art Education, Informal Education, Research Design, Randomized Controlled Trials, Data Collection, Academic Achievement, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Thinking Skills, Quasiexperimental Design, Effect Size, Regression (Statistics), Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
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