Student Engagement - Middle School
Below is the research linking arts strategies to student engagement at the middle school level. Click on any of the study citations to link to a full summary of the study in ArtsEdSearch, the online database of arts education research.
In arts integrated programming students demonstrate increased motivation to persist despite challenges, pride in their work, ownership of their studies, and deep engagement in the learning process (Belisario & Donovan, 2012; Bresler et al, 2000; Cawthon, Dawson & Ihom, 2011; DeMoss & Morris, 2002; Imms, Jeanneret & Stevens-Ballenger, 2011; Ingram & Meath, 2007; Stevenson & Deasy, 2005).
Disengaged students are more likely to participate in arts programming and are less likely to drop out of school (Catterall, Dumais, Hampden-Thomas, 2012).
Students in arts and arts integrated programming have higher school attendance than students without access to such programming (Barry, 2010; Betts, 2006; Walker et al., 2011) and are four times more likely to be involved in community service (Heath, Soep & Roach, 1998).