International Journal of Art & Design Education

Does Experience in the Arts Boost Academic Achievement?

Volume 17.1   1998



This paper examines the research basis for claims about the effects of art experience on academic development. There is some, but it is very limited. The effects of the arts appear to be greatest when the arts are intentionally used to raise academic achievement in reading and writing. What I have also tried to do is to provide fresh perspective, an analysis, an argument, and a set of distinctions I have called tiers that is intended to help sort out our reasons for being in arts education. I have tried to describe a way of recognising the type of justification that is being advanced for arts education.