The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), have completed a large-scale impact study investigating the question, What are the benefits to students of engaging with original works of art within the context of object-based art museum programs that take place during the formal school day? The study builds on and significantly amplifies the limited prior research that exists about the impact of art museum programs on participants. The goal of the study was to explore, at a large scale, how engaging directly with original works of art within the distinctive physical and social setting of art museums and through constructivist pedagogies, might lead to or heighten a range of student outcomes. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation provided a grant award to support the planning year for this impact study, which began on August 1, 2014.
For more information on this impact study, visit the National Art Education Association's website