Hanna et al. (2011) The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-being
literature type:other literature type
reference:Gay Hanna, Michael Patterson, Judy Rollins, and Andrea Sherman. National Endowment for the Arts; 2011.
description:Human development describes a complex web of factors affecting the health and well-being of individuals across the lifespan. Together, these factors yield cognitive and behavioral outcomes that can shape the social and economic circumstances of individuals, their levels of creativity and productivity, and overall quality of life. Increasingly in the 21st century, U.S. policy leaders in health and education have recognized a need for strategies and interventions to address “the whole person.” They have urged a more integrated approach to policy development—one that can reach Americans at various stages of their lives, across generations, and in multiple learning contexts. The arts are ideally suited to promote this integrated approach. In study after study, arts participation and arts education have been associated with improved cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes in individuals across the lifespan: in early childhood, in adolescence and young adulthood, and in later years.
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