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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

Impact Journal – Peer-reviewed journal from the Chartered College of Teaching features research and writing on education and learning.  Issue 7 of the journal was themed on arts and creativity.

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