Arts Education Research
Americans for the Arts
The National Arts Education campaign, The Arts. Ask for More, provides highlights of arts education research findings that show how the arts help students learn, and includes links to the full reports. Other resources include examples of successful arts programs and ways to increase arts involvement in your school. En Español.
Arts Education Partnership
This site provides current research in the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America’s schools, as well as resources for evaluation and assessment, arts advocacy, and arts integration. Many publications are available in .pdf format.
Project Zero is an education research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University that conducts research in the fields of cognitive development and learning in the arts and other disciplines. The site provides research findings and educational resources.
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
VTS is a research-based teaching method that uses discussions of images to foster critical thinking and the acquisition of language skills. It provides educators with an easy-to-learn, proven strategy to support learning objectives. This website provides information about VTS and its research findings.
Professional Development Research
Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) is an international membership association of educators focused on increasing student achievement through more effective professional learning. Find research and publications on their website.
Artists’ Books Websites
Browse the websites below for examples of artists’ books, reference materials, lesson ideas, tutorials, worksheets, and listserves.
Click the links below for more information about the artists whose work appears in the ABC website and in the ABC Interactive.
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Illustrated Children’s Books
The books listed below are good examples of ways text and illustrations can complement each other and contribute to the overall meaning of a story and of the variety of ways to arrange text on a page. Ask your school or local librarian to help you find more examples.
A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems by Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka
Art by Patrick McDonnell
Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans
Imagine by Norman Messenger
Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Monkey Business by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carol Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson
Smokey Night by Eve Bunting and David Diaz
The Three Pigs by David Wiesman
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins
Wolves by Emily Gravett
Why? by Lila Prap
The ABC curriculum meets the National Standards for Arts Education and Language Arts. Click on the links below for more information about National Standards.