Blog: Taking Note

National Endowment for the Arts

Parsing Rigor in Arts Education Studies

Steven Holochwost offers his thoughts on rigor in arts education research in a blog post for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Excerpt from Taking Note: Parsing Rigor in Arts Education Studies

In a recent post on this blog, Patricia Shaffer, PhD, the deputy director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis, upheld the need for more rigorous research in the field of arts education. Dr. Shaffer based her conclusions in part on a report released last year by the American Institutes of Research (AIR). I heartily agree with this sentiment and deeply appreciate the Arts Endowment’s commitment to fund such work through its Research: Art Works grants. However, I also think it’s important to take the opportunity afforded by Dr. Shaffer’s post to consider carefully what constitutes rigor and to reflect on the status of the field in using rigorous designs…

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