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Version 1.1 – Updated August 2021

Drama / Arts programs

Overview

  • Influence: Drama / Arts programs
  • Domain: Curricula
  • Sub-Domain: Reading, writing and the arts
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to accelerate
  • Influence Definition: Programs based on drama and the arts.

Evidence

  • Number of meta-analyses: 9
  • Number of studies: 746
  • Number of students: 3,486,638
  • Number of effects: 1,000
  • Effect size: 0.53

Meta-Analyses

Meta-Analyses
Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Youth Theatre Journal Kardash & Wright USA Does Creative Drama Benefit Elementary School Students: A Meta-Analysis 1987 Creative dramatics 16 0 36 0.67
Journal of Aesthetic Education Podlozny USA Strengthening verbal skills through the use of classroom drama: A clear link 2000 Drama on reading 17 0 17 0.31
Conference Erden, Aytac, Tufan, & Erdan Turkey Effect of Creative Drama on Students' Academic Achievement: A Meta-Analysis Study 2016 Creative drama 70 4,507 70 0.91
Journal of Aesthetic Education Burger & Winner USA Instruction in visual art: Can it help children learn to read? 2000 Visual arts on reading readiness 10 378 10 0.52
Journal of Aesthetic Education Moga, Burger, Hetland, & Winner USA Does studying the arts engender creative thinking? Evidence for near but not far transfer 2000 Arts programs on creativity 8 2,271 8 0.35
Journal of Aesthetic Education Winner & Cooper USA Mute those claims: No evidence (yet) for a causal link between arts study and academic achievement 2000 Arts programs on achievement 31 3,408,635 24 0.10
Journal of Aesthetic Education Keinanen, Hetland, & Winner Finland Teaching Cognitive Skill Through Dance: Evidence for Near but Not Far Transfer 2000 Dance on Reading 527 69,564 527 0.43
Review of Educational Research Lee, Patall, Cawthon & Steingut USA The effect of drama-based pedagogy on preK–16 outcomes: A meta-analysis of research from 1985 to 2012 2014 Drama on achievement 47 0 288 0.45
International Online Journal of Educational Sciences Gunhan Turkey The effect of drama based learning applied in Turkey on success of mathematics: A meta-analysis study 2016 Drama based learning on math 20 1,283 20 0.99
TOTAL/AVERAGE 746 3,486,638 1,000 0.53

Confidence

The Confidence is the average of these four measures, each divided into five approximately equal groups and assigned a value from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Number of Meta-analyses
    • 1 = 1
    • 2 = 2–3
    • 3 = 4–6
    • 4 = 7–9
    • 5 = 10+
  • Number of Studies
    • 1 = 1–10
    • 2 = 11–50
    • 3 = 51–200
    • 4 = 201–400
    • 5 = 400+
  • Number of Students
    • 1 = 1–2,500
    • 2 = 2,501–10,000
    • 3 = 10,000–20,000
    • 4 = 20,000–100,000
    • 5 = 100,001+
  • Number of Effects
    • 1 = 1–100
    • 2 = 101–300
    • 3 = 301–600
    • 4 = 601–1,200
    • 5 = 1,200+
Confidences
Number of Meta-Analyses Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Overall Confidence
Confidence Factor 4 5 5 4 5
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