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  • Writer's pictureLara Ermacora

IMPACT: starting from the literature

Outside of the various fields of humanities, arts have been used as methods for teaching and research quite extensively in education and in health disciplines (Onsès, 2015). Multiple terminologies exist, some overlapping and with varying degrees of theoretical development. This review explores the impact of using arts in higher education including in other disciplines not as fluent in arts as the forementioned. It reviews these impacts at different levels of learners, teachers, researchers and institutions. This review provides a guide to improve studies of educational development, and practical indications for using innovative methodologies in higher education practices.

Description of assumptions

Impacts can exist within the emotional as well as cognitive level of individuals influencing their learning processes in multiple ways. Impacts can occur between people as well as within institutions, all contributing to the various learning processes in play.


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