Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Arts education

A Description of Quality Music Programs, Kindergarten to Graduation

This report provides lists of the elements that are essential for a comprehensive, multifaceted and sequential music education program in schools. Among these elements:

· "Every student shall study music in each grade in elementary school."

· In secondary school, students should have the opportunity to choose from a variety of music programs that are available to them in every academic year.

· Students should have the opportunity to participate in a range of musical performances, both in the school and in the community.

· Students should have creative musical experiences and understand the joy of participation.

This site is an invaluable resource regarding cultural policies and programs in European countries, as well as a few other countries around the world (including Canada). The site contains information about policy objectives, current issues, cultural institutions, cultural financing, governance structures, legal provisions, support to creativity, cultural participation, arts education, diversity and intercultural dialogue.

A number of participants indicated that more can be done to make Canadians – especially children – more visually literate. "Images are everywhere, but people aren't necessarily visually literate."
The intent of Learning Literacy in Canada, based on an assessment of 2,000 adult Canadians from all literacy levels, is to understand "the nature of [Canada's] adult literacy challenges and the appropriate ways in which these could be addressed". Overall, as noted in Statistics Canada's Daily article related to the report, "Canada has very few people who exhibit a really limited capacity in reading skills".
The key finding of Statistics Canada's report on the relationship between reading ability and educational outcomes is that "students with lower levels of reading at age 15 face challenges in graduating from high school by age 19: they are more likely to drop out of high school or to remain in high school at age 19, even after controlling for other factors".

This report provides a detailed examination of the performance of Canadian 15-year olds in science, reading and mathematics in 2006. As noted in Statistics Canada's Daily article highlighting the report's findings, "Canadian 15-year-old students still are among the best in the world when it comes to science, reading and mathematics".

This UNESCO report provides strategies for effective arts education and recommendations for improving arts education. In addition, the report summarizes the aims of arts education as well as important arts education concepts and research needs.
The Challenge of Systemic Change

This report from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO highlights Canadian discussions regarding the state of arts education in Canada, the impacts of arts education, challenges regarding arts education, teacher training policies, and strategies for arts education advocacy.

Building Creative Competencies for the 21st Century
This report from ArtsSmarts provides a brief summary of the UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education.
Building Creative Capacities for the 21st Century
In March 2006, UNESCO organized a World Conference on Arts Education entitled Building Creative Competencies for the 21st Century. The themes discussed at the conference related to advocacy, implementation of arts education, the social, cultural and economic impacts of arts education, teacher training, pedagogical methods, and partnerships in implementing arts education programs.