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Effects of Theatre Education on students
DID YOU KNOW ...
involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored
non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the
verbal component and 34 points in the math component(1)?
Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills?
Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates(2)?
2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts,
including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education (3)?
Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities?
DRAMA IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and
academic achievement. In addition to having higher standardized test
scores than their peers who do not experience the arts, student who
participate in drama often experience improved reading comprehension,
maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in
school than their non-arts counterparts. Schools with arts-integrated
programs, even in low-income areas, report high academic achievement.
DRAMA STUDENTS OUTPERFORM NON-ARTS PEERS ON SAT TESTS
College Entrance Examination Board reported student scores from 2001,
2002, 2004, and 2005 using data from the Student Description
Questionnaire indicating student involvement in various activities,
including the arts. As compared to their peers with no arts coursework
involved in drama performance scored an average of 65.5 points higher
on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of
Students who took courses in drama study or appreciation
scored, on average, 55 points higher on verbal and 26 points higher on
math than their non-arts classmates.
In 2005, students involved
in drama performance outscored the national average SAT score by 35
points on the verbal portion and 24 points on the math section.
indicates that involvement in the arts increases student engagement and
encourages consistent attendance, and that drop-out rates correlate
with student levels of involvement in the arts.
Students considered to be at high risk for dropping out of high school
cite drama and other arts classes as their motivations for staying in
- Students who participate in the arts are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance than those who do not.
learning to read to the in-depth study of Shakespearean literature,
drama can play a significant role in the continual development of
students’ reading comprehension skills. Studies indicate that not only
do the performance of a story and a number of other drama activities in
the classroom contribute to a student’s understanding of the work
performed, but these experiences also help them to develop a better
understanding of other works and of language and expression in general.
The results below were gleaned from studies where educators and
students alike noticed a difference when drama played a part in their
A series of studies on
the arts and education revealed a consistent causal link between
performing texts in the classroom and the improvement of a variety of
verbal skills, including especially significant increases in story
recall and understanding of written material.
Shakespeare texts helps to improve students’ understanding of other
complex texts including science and math material.
Drama can improve reading skills and comprehension better than other activities, including discussion.
BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH DRAMA
addition to building social and communication skills overall,
involvement in drama courses and performance has been shown to improve
students’ self-esteem as well as their confidence in their academic
High school students who are highly involved in drama demonstrate an elevated self-concept over those who are not involved .
original works and dramatic presentation of existing works can help to
build the self-esteem and communication skills of high school students.
The act of performing can help students and youth recognize their potential for success and improve their confidence .
BRIDGING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, there has been a
national focus on closing the "achievement gap” between students of
varying abilities, socioeconomic status, and geographies among other
factors that may directly or indirectly affect a student’s academic
success. The arts, including drama, address this issue by catering to
different styles of learning, and engaging students who might not
otherwise take significant interest in academics. Additionally,
research indicates that drama courses and performance have a
particularly positive effect on at-risk youth and students with learning
A study published
in Champions of Change (1999) cites theatre arts, including performance,
classes, and participation in a drama club, as a source for "gains in
reading proficiency, gains in self-concept and motivation, and higher
levels of empathy and tolerance towards others” among youth of low
socio-economic status .
Drama activities can improve and help to
maintain social and language skills of students with learning
disabilities and remedial readers .
Improvisational drama contributes to improved reading achievement and attitude in disadvantaged students .
PUBLIC OPINION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAMA
does the average American think of drama? The statistics from the
studies below show that most of the public feels the performing arts
play a significant role in our culture and communities and are important
to America’s youth.
In 2002, the Performing Arts Research Coalition
(PARC) conducted surveys in 10 major metropolitan areas regarding the
role of Performing Arts in their lives and communities . They discovered
that at least 90 percent of respondents from each metropolitan area
agreed or strongly agreed that the performing arts contribute to the
education and development of children.More than 60 percent of
respondents in each location who had children aged 13 and older strongly
agreed that the performing arts contribute to the education and
development of children.On average, just over half of respondents had
attended a live theatre performance in the past year. According the to
surveys in all 10 cities, live theatre is the most commonly attended
type of performance. According to a May 2005 Harris Poll :
93 percent of Americans believe that the arts are essential to a complete education
79 percent feel that the arts should be a priority in education reform
79 percent consider the issues facing arts education to be significant enough to merit their personally taking action.
What Drama can teach-
This is an article explaining what Drama can teach middle school students preparing them for real life experiences.
Nation's Leaders on Arts Education
Quotes to use from our Nation's Leaders:
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Arts Education
Arts Report Card should challenge all of us to make K-12 arts programs
more available to America’s children and youth. Such programs not only
engage students’ creativity and academic commitment today, but they
uniquely equip them for future success and fulfillment. We can and
should do better for America’s students.”
-- June 15, 2009, statement in response to release of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts.
June, we received the 2008 National Assessment of Education Progress
(NAEP) in the Arts results for music and the visual arts. I was reminded
of the important role that arts education plays in providing American
students with well-rounded education. The arts can help students become
tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to
think creatively. These qualities can be especially important in
improving learning among students from economically disadvantaged
-- August 2009, Letter to school and education community leaders
us build a law that discourages a narrowing of curriculum and promotes a
well- rounded education that draws children into sciences and history,
languages and the arts in order to build a society distinguished by both
intellectual and economic prowess. Our children must be allowed to
develop their unique skills, interests, and talents. Let's give them
that opportunity. "
-- September 24, 2009, remarks on developing an ESEA Reauthorization proposal.
President Barack Obama on Arts Education
calling on our nation's governors and state education chiefs to develop
standards and assessments that don't simply measure whether students
can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st century
skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and entrepreneurship
– President Obama, Remarks to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, March 10, 2009
it's just one standardized test, plus portfolios of work that kids are
doing, plus observing the classroom. There can be a whole range of
-- President Obama, Southwest High School, Wisconsin, June 11, 2009