This report, through a literature review of the benefits of the arts, attempts "to engage the arts community and the public in a new dialogue about the value of the arts, to stimulate further research, and to help public and private policymakers reach informed decisions".
Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Arts education
The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research outlines existing research and research gaps concerning many aspects of arts education, including positive arts learning environments and the impacts of arts education on children, youth and society.
Charting the Landscape/Mapping New Paths: Museums, Libraries and K-12 Education (11 Jan 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 7)
This American report captures key issues that emerged during workshop discussions between 70 educators, researchers, policymakers and museum and library professionals concerning museums, libraries and Kindergarten to Grade 12 education.
This survey of music education programs in schools was "intended to provide some directional information on music program penetration, types of programs, teacher qualifications, resources, support and the importance of music instruction in the educational experience". Given that most of the schools responding had music programs, the detailed survey results may not provide a representative sample of all schools in Canada, many of which do not have music programs.
Learning a Living: First Results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, 2003 (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 4 | No. 3)
This report highlights the "prose", "document", "numeracy" and "problem-solving" skills of adults in Canada and six other countries in 2003.
Canadian School Libraries and Teacher Librarians: Results from the 2003/04 Information and Communications Technologies in Schools Survey (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 4 | No. 3)
Based on a survey of 6,700 school principals across Canada, this report examines the existence of school libraries, the number of teacher-librarians and library technicians, as well as library expenditures in all provinces and territories in 2003/04. The report extrapolates the survey findings to all 15,500 elementary and secondary schools in Canada.
Canadian Books in School Libraries summarizes the results of 125 in-depth interviews with teacher-librarians, library technicians, teachers, principals, school district administrators and education department officials in mid-2004.
The National Arts & Youth Demonstration Project summarizes the results of research into the impact of selected community-based arts programs on children in low-income communities in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and a rural town in Ontario.
The Values Study: Rediscovering the Meaning and Value of Arts Participation (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 4 | No. 1)
Some of the many themes of the report include: the clear impact of childhood arts experiences on adult participation and overall quality of life; the interrelatedness of the arts ecosystem; the ways in which people access one artform through another; the fact that people derive significant value from personal curating; and how "personal connections with artists can bridge a relevance gap and ignite latent arts interests and inspire participation".
Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 4 | No. 1)
This report explores the potential clustering of arts and cultural industries in Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas using four main factors: cultural production; cultural employment; education in cultural programs; and the migration of cultural workers.