What role can the arts play in early childhood learning?
The National Endowment for the Arts recently “hosted a 90-minute webinar titled ‘New Research on the Arts & Early Childhood: A Symposium.’ The webinar showcased a series of research articles that appeared in a special section of Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ) (4th Quarter issue, published in 2018).”
Webinar presenters included: Brian Kisida (University of Missouri), Eleanor Brown (West Chester University), and Amy Susman-Stillman (University of Minnesota), Rocio Galarza (Sesame Workshop) and Jane Best (Arts Education Partnership). The NEA notes that “additional introductory remarks were made by co-guest editors Adam Winsler (George Mason University) and Melissa Menzer (National Endowment for the Arts), as well as by Sunil Iyengar, director of the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis.”
Importance of art in education
Here is a list of the individual papers covered in the special issue:
Field Trips Help Connect the Arts and Early Childhood Learning
A useful additional note highlighted in the webinar, according to Education Dive: “Field trips increase interest in the arts… Early exposure to the arts is important, researchers say — and may be especially important for children with the greatest needs — because students’ participation has been associated with higher achievement in school. Students with stronger early academic skills at age 4 and in 5th grade, however, are more likely to ‘self-select’ into arts programs in middle school.