Researchers used a quasi-experimental research design with pre-and post-test measures and treatment and control groups to investigate the effects of rich and sustained arts instruction on participating inner-city children’s self-efficacy (their sense of control of their surroundings) and creative thinking. A number of cities have been tackling that challenge by using ‘coordinated approaches’ that seek to have schools and other providers join forces in expanding access to arts learning.” The Wallace Foundation commissioned research on such coordinated efforts in six sites.
This is an organization that leads by example and is all about keeping the integrity of the arts intact while attaching 21st Century thinking to an age old problem of bringing the training and discipline to students around the world who otherwise would not have access to the information and they do it for FREE!
The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute, presented in collaboration with Silkroad, is an exploration of the vital role passion plays in learning — and the unique capacity of the arts to inspire passion-driven learning and meaningful connections.
The concept for this new innovative course came about when Edgar Hardy, a former chemist and former director of research for the Monsanto Company in Dayton, approached Herb Dregalla, chair of the Department of Music, about designing a course that combined these disciplines.
He is currently the Fine Arts department chair and a teacher at Washington High School in Fremont, California, where his specialty is designing and delivering student-driven, arts-focused interdisciplinary curriculum and fostering cultures of critical thinking and reflection.