Evaluation and documentation are critical tools for arts and cultural organizations to identify the most successful arts integration practices as well as build continuing support for arts integration among all stakeholders. The best arts integration programs develop over time, combining promising pedagogical ideas with the experience of teachers and arts specialists, tailored to the needs of particular classrooms and communities.
Below are some suggested purposes for engaging in research:
- Examine how and why educators are able to change their understanding of the role of arts in every classroom
- Examine how changed attitudes translate into changed practice
- Contribute to the collective knowledge about arts in learning
- Contribute to models for alternative assessment
- Participate in sharing research with a wide variety of audiences
- Be able to make statements about the relationship between arts integration and student learning
- Be able to make statements about the relationship between formal research and practitioner research
- Establish a theory of action that will include novice and experienced teachers and artists
Suggested primary research questions:
- What are the effects of arts integration on teachers and students?
- What strategies of integration lead to positive results in students?
- What are the transformative interactions within arts integration instruction that actually cause teachers to change their practice?
Documentation is critical to improving arts integration practices and building a case for the necessity of such practices in every classroom.
Research from the Field:
Sharing your results is important—it furthers the idea that an arts integrated education can achieve greater levels of success than non-arts integrated programs.
Additional Resources in Research/Data Collection:
Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999–2000 (Fast Response Survey System: FRSS)
This report presents information on the characteristics of public elementary and secondary school arts education programs, including data on the availability of instruction in the arts, staffing, funding, supplemental programs and activities, and administrative support of arts education.