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Strong Arts, Strong SchoolsThe Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling$
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Charles Fowler

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148336.001.0001

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The Correlation with Academic Achievement

The Correlation with Academic Achievement

(p.138) chapter fourteen The Correlation with Academic Achievement
Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Charles Fowler

Oxford University Press

The effect of arts study on learning in general, though not yet substantiated sufficiently, can be surprisingly positive. Students that study the arts seem to do better overall. Apparently there is a critical, though as yet not adequately explained or documented, link between the extent of arts engagement and the quality of academic performance. In a variety of programs across the United States, the arts have been credited with helping young minds perform well and encouraging students to stay in school. The Florida Department of Education, for example, found a direct correlation between an active fine and performing arts program and increased student motivation and a lower dropout rate. The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, an organization that apprentices young at-risk, inner-city students in the arts while teaching them mathematics, English, and other subjects, found a correlation between the arts and student academic performance.

Keywords:   United States, arts, learning, students, engagement, academic performance, motivation

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