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Arts--Study and teaching; Arts and children; Arts and youth;


The role of the arts has been undermined for a long time in the school curriculum. Recently, a group of researchers embarked on a number of studies investigating the positive effects which the arts has on students' performance in school. The results provide an insight into the fact that students who have high involvement in the arts perform better on a variety of academic measures such as grades in English, and scores on standardized tests.

The studies also provide evidence that participation in the arts helps to reduce the drop- out rate of at-risk students and those in low SES (Social Economic Status) group, as well as increase their level of self-concept and community service involvement. However, further investigations need to be explored to identify, define, and measure the integrated arts learning experiences which the students have as well as their engagement in the arts – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Lynn Ethan Nielsen


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