Although, we know we are not alone in the type of programming we provide to students, it has proven difficult to get the message out, to school leaders across the U.S., about the positive impact arts-integration and field trips, of the sorts, have on learning. Thankfully, there are numerous studies being conducted to prove this theory.
One in particular, shows how cultural institutions have significant benefits for students beyond educational aspects. Their findings, undoubtedly, will have significant impact in the way schools view field trips and integration of arts. Greene, a member of the team studying Crystal Bridges Arts Museum Programs, said, “Our research suggests that students actually retain a great deal of factual information from their tours, as students who received a tour of Crystal Bridges were able to recall details about the paintings they had seen at very high rates,”
The study published on the Crystal Bridges website also states, “The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform is sharing the information as well to communicate implications for the types of field trips in which schools participate to educators, administrators and policy makers. ‘Culturally enriching field trips are in decline in public education, and museums across the country report a steep drop in school tours,’ said Greene. ‘This research shows that the trips have significant benefits for students, and particularly disadvantaged students. These results should be an important consideration in the assessment and distribution of resources.'” To read the study in it’s entirety, please follow the links below: