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Art to Heart

Art for Art's Sake

While some studies tout the benefits of arts activities on non-arts areas of learning, that shouldn’t be the only reason to include arts in young children’s lives, says Ellen Winner, a professor of psychology at Boston College and senior research associate at Harvard University’s Project Zero.

The arts are worthy of inclusion in schools in their own right, she contends, because they teach certain skills—such as how to observe and the ability to envision—that no other subjects teach. She calls these skills “studio habits of mind.”

Watch our interview with Winner to hear more about it (Windows Media® format).

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Read more about the Studio Thinking Project at Harvard’s Project Zero web site.

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