Mute Those Claims: No Evidence (Yet) for a Causal Link between Arts Study and Academic Achievement

September 1st, 2000 | RESEARCH

In the American educational climate of today, "basic" academic skills are valued while the arts are considered a frill. Many major urban school districts have cut back on arts education in order to strengthen academic subjects. Even though most of our schools have some arts education, and even though most of our citizens say they want their children to be exposed to the arts in school, only one in four students in American schools sings, plays an instrument, or performs plays in class each week. When budgets are tight, the arts are almost always the first programs to be cut. This study examines both correlational and experimental studies in order to determine whether a causal relationship exists between arts education and student achievement.


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Team Members

Ellen Winner, Author, Boston University
Monica Cooper, Author


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 0021-8510

Publication: Journal of Aesthetic Education
Volume: 34
Number: 3-4
Page(s): 11

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs