Arts program raises Indigenous literacy in a year

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Recent research shows that three pilot arts programs in eight Queensland schools have lifted Indigenous literacy performance and raised parents’ expectations of what their children can do.

Three arts-related programs in eight Queensland schools have had significant effects on Indigenous learning according to research by Educational Transformations. The research was commissioned by The Song Room based in Melbourne, which developed three pilot programs in urban, regional and remote schools mostly for students in Years 3, 4 and 5. The Song Room had previously commissioned Educational Transformations to investigate the value of programs it had run in disadvantaged Sydney primary schools. That research found that an hour of arts programs a week over six and 12 months was the equivalent of an extra year of school for literacy results alone. This research by Dr Tanya Vaughan has found different but similarly significant benefits to Indigenous children who have a year-long program of arts in their weekly learning.

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