Arts Abroad: Israel and the Importance of the Ancient

By Angela Watson I recently had the pleasure of spending roughly 10 days in Israel as part of a University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform study abroad trip and was able to see much art during that time. Israel is an interesting and confusing mix of very,...

Arts Afield: Meaningless Metrics

By Angela Watson Researchers often find as many questions as answers in their work. Hence, the common refrain “more research is needed” often found in the last paragraph of studies. However, it has occurred to me that the problem with research into the effects of the...

Theater Experiment in Educational Researcher

You don’t have to wait until tomorrow, tomorrow, or tomorrow.  Our article on the effects of student groups seeing live theater is available on Educational Researcher today! The article is an updated and peer-reviewed version of the article we posted on...

UofA NEA Research Lab Presentation at AERA 2018

Distinguished Doctoral Fellow Angela Watson presented our Year 1 Woodruff study findings as well as her qualitative arts research projects during a roundtable event entitled Arts Education, Community, and Social Justice at the annual American Educational Research...

Arts Afield: Feeling a Little Exposed

By Angela Watson Why are arts field trips important? We load up kids by the hundreds on buses and take them away from their schools. A 1 to 2 hour field trip takes half a day once you account for loading, unloading, and travel time. Teachers have to get subs to cover...

UofA NEA Lab Presentation at AEFP 2018 Conference

Doctoral Fellow Heidi Holmes Erickson presented our first year results from the Woodruff Arts Center study, The Effects of Multiple Art Experiences on Long term Social Emotional Outcomes of Urban Elementary Students, at the Association for Education Finance and Policy...

Arts Afield: Cut It Out!

By Angela Watson On a recent visit to the High Museum of Art at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center, I had the pleasure of visiting with a volunteer docent who was a recently retired art teacher from the Atlanta area public school system. I was there to observe their...

Arts Afield: The Changing of the Guard

By Angela Watson As part of larger research on arts related field trips, I have visited major art museums across the United States in the last year. I observe field trips and interview education staff about what they do well and challenges they face. Usually topics of...