Learning from Live Theater

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Learning from Live Theater

This article explores the benefits of culturally enriching field trips in a time when standardized test performance is overwhelmingly emphasized in public school curricula. The authors conducted an experiment to determine what students get out of seeing live theatre. The study showed significant improvement in students' knowledge of the play and ability to read other people's emotions as compared to the control group. What the authors hope to prove with this study and others is that schools produce important educational outcomes other than those captured by math and reading test scores, and that it is possible for researchers to collect measures of those other outcomes. Learn more about the experimental design and findings here: http://educationnext.org/learning-live-theater/