Student Engagement - High School
Below is the research linking arts strategies to student engagement at the high 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.
Students who participate in the arts demonstrate improved attitudes towards school, higher rates of attendance and class participation, and are five times more likely to graduate from high school as compared to peers without arts involvement (Barry, Taylor, Walls & Wood, 1990; Catterall, Dumais, Hampden-Thompson, 2012; Horn, 1992, Peppler, 2010, Seifried, 2006).
Arts programming fosters students’ engagement in school by helping them understand the connections between history and current issues that matter most to them, allowing students to connect learning an Students d curricular content to their personal lives (Sosin, Bekkala & Pepper-Senello, 2010; Stevenson & Deasy, 2005).
In addition to serving as an entry point to deeper learning and engagement in academic content, arts programming provides a meaningful context for honing skills that are viewed as highly valued in the workplace, such as creativity, leadership, and innovation (Bellisario & Donovan, 2012; Clover, 2006; Dewhurst, 2009; Heath, Soep & Roach, 1998; Moga, Burger, Hetland & Winner, 2000).