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Arts Instrumentality Study Completed

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DMOFFETT
Wed, 04 Jun 1997 09:23:23 -0500


The largest study to date measuring the instrumentality of the arts,
A STUDY OF CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND WRITING ABILITY AMONG INDIANA
STUDENTS, funded by Arts Indiana, Incorporated, has been completed.
One-thousand four-hundred eighty-four secondary education students in
Indiana participated in the fall semester pretest/posttest writing study
measuring the impact of an arts-based supplementary resource on the
critical thinking and writing abilities of students.

The Investigator, David Moffett Ed.D., discovered class wide losses
among the majority of all teacher groups in the study. He also discovered
how an arts-based supplemental resource can in fact raise class wide
critical thinking skills and writing ability if it is used as it is
intended to be used.

Teachers who knowingly, or unknowingly, practiced the principles of
DBAE used the resource in more meaningful and constructive ways than art
teachers who concentrated on studio production.

The findings were presented as the final defense of David Moffett's
dissertation for the degree Doctor of Education in Curriculum and
Instruction, School Leadership and Interdisciplinary Evaluation: Danforth
Executive Doctor of Education Program, Indiana University.
Presentations are planned for regional and national AERA Conventions
this coming fall and spring.
For more information contact Dr. David Moffett, 317.888.0835,
fax 317.889.1758.