This is a space for you to find out about relevant teaching and learning and drama education research. We will keep this page updated regularly.
Drama education research
Drama Research – National Drama’s own peer-reviewed research journal is published online annually and contains international research into drama education.
Cultural Learning Alliance – The CLA provide statistics on arts in schools and evidence for arts education.
RiDE – Research in Drama Education is an international journal of applied Drama.
Youth Theatre Journal – The official publication of the American Alliance for Drama Education.
Children Engaging with Drama – An evaluation of the National Theatre’s drama work in primary schools from 2003-4.
National Drama Research Projects
COVID Impact Study – In July 2021 National Drama conducted research into the impact of COVID-19 on secondary Drama education, and the full report can be read here.
Teaching and Learning research
EEF Toolkit – The Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit provides a meta-analysis of successful strategies for teaching and learning. Arts Participation is reported to have a positive impact on learning of 3 months – a moderate impact for very low cost, based on moderate evidence.
Hattie’s Visible Learning – John Hattie provides a meta-analysis of what works best in education. Creative programmes appears in the Hattie Ranking with a positive effect size of 0.62
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