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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Effects of Art Education in Secondary Schools on Cultural Participation in Later Life

Volume 16.3   1997

NAGEL, INEKE; GANZEBOOM, HARRY; HAANSTRA, FOLKERT; & OUD, WIL

 

This paper reports on the effects of art education in secondary schools on the cultural participation of Dutch students 10-20 years after leaving school. We draw our conclusion from a sample survey among 1034 students from 31 schools, half of whom took art as a subject of examination. Art examination subjects were more often chosen by students who were already active in the arts, come from culturally active families, and who more often chose languages and other humanities in their examinations. Training in the arts during secondary school was found to add to their participation in cultural activities ten to twenty years later although the effects are restricted to the same art discipline and apply to both receptive [enjoying art] and productive [producing art] cultural participation.