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NAEA-AAMD Research Study: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students

Museum Education Division

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The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), have completed a large-scale impact study investigating the question:

What are the benefits of facilitated single-visit art museum programs, guided by inquiry-based pedagogies, for students in Grades 4–6?

This study builds on, and significantly amplifies, the limited prior research that existed about the impact of art museum programs on participants. The goal has been to explore, on a large scale, how engaging directly with original works of art within the distinctive physical and social setting of art museums and through constructivist pedagogies, might lead to or heighten a range of student outcomes. The findings of this study are now available.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MG-10-15-0079-15 and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Read the Press Release

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STUDY REPORTS

Summary Report and Discussion

Technical Report

Appendix

STUDY SYMPOSIUM AND USER GUIDE

Study findings were presented at the Impact of Art Museum Programs on Students Research Initiative Symposium on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Watch the recording of the live event below:

Please note: “View from the Director’s Office: Panel Discussion on Study Findings and Implications” begins at 1:22:00.

COMING SOON: A web-based Study User Guide will be published on this page for museum and education communities to share the value of and promote facilitated single-visit art museum programs, and apply the research results within their practice.

View Symposium Details

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STUDY PUBLICATIONS

In addition to the study reports, this multiyear, national research project co-sponsored by NAEA and AAMD, has generated several other publications. These include summaries of the scope and plan of our project and reports from RK&A that outline their methodology and tools, along with their comprehensive literature review on the state of the field.

The web-based Study User Guide will be published on this page following the October 13 Symposium.

White Paper about the Research Initiative: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students

Summary of Results Survey of Single-visit K-12 Art Museum Programs

Museum Site Selection

Literature Review

IN THE NEWS

Press Release

Human Restoration Project Podcast S2: E25: “Inspiring Awe and Creativity through Art Museums and Education w/ Emily Holtrop”

RK&A blog post on the study

Emily Holtrop’s Americans for the Arts blog on the project

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please email comments or question to:

Emily Holtrop, Project Director, NAEA/AAMD Impact of Art Museum Programs on Students Research Initiative eholtrop@arteducators.org or emily.holtrop@cincyart.org

Meghan Pennisi, Project Manager, NAEA/AAMD Impact of Art Museum Programs on Students Research Initiative mpennisi@arteducators.org

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