An Investigation into the Impact of Arts & Cultural Education on Children Looked After

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Peeran U

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Coram was commissioned to complete this literature review in order to develop A New Direction’s understanding of the engagement by CLA with arts and cultural education and to inform a more systematic approach to incorporating arts based activities in the lives of CLA.

In this review arts education refers to a broad range of subjects including the traditional fine arts (e.g. visual arts, music, dance, performing arts, theatre and dance) as well as modern dance and movement, hip hop, poetry and creative writing. The current body of literature is not conclusive about the impact of arts and cultural education on CLA. A total of 51 relevant studies were identified from a search of seven educational, psychological and social science research databases.

This review explores in more depth results from nine papers that were considered the most methodologically robust. Key findings which arose from these nine studies included:
Children’s participation in arts and cultural education has the potential to increase self-confidence, self-esteem and emotional resilience.
Arts and cultural education allowed children to express themselves through an alternative medium.
Meeting children with similar life experiences encouraged children to share their feelings and their ways of coping.
Barriers to children’s engagement with the arts include a lack of family and peer support.

Evidence Type: Literature Review

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Literature Review

Context: Community

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Peeran, U. (2016). An Investigation into the Impact of Arts & Cultural Education on Children Looked After. London: Coram.