Curriculum and Instruction | Education
An increasing number of recent research studies suggest connections between cognition, social and emotional development, and the arts. Some studies indicate that students in schools where the arts are an integral part of the academic program tend to do better in school than those students where that is not the case. This study examines home/school factors that contribute most to variance in student learning and achievement and the arts from over 8,000 students in grade 5. The findings suggest in-school arts programs may have less of an impact on student achievement than proposed by previous research.
Melnick, Steven A.; Witmer, Judith T.; and Strickland, Martha J., "Cognition and Student Learning Through the Arts" (2008). NERA Conference Proceedings 2008. Paper 2.