Growth & Transfer
VTS has been field tested since 1991 in longitudinal studies employing experimental and control groups in multiple sites in the United States and other countries. Multiple studies conducted by VUE have produced corroborating and complementary findings on the effectiveness of VTS. These findings have been corroborated by third-party researchers . The studies have found that VTS builds aesthetic and critical-thinking skills that students transfer to non-art objects and other subjects, including writing, math, and social studies. A key finding states that exposure to VTS significantly increases critical thinking and academic growth in all students – in students with varying ethnicities, income levels and school achievement, including those with limited English skills, poor prior standardized test performance, and at-risk students from underserved schools . Research has also shown that VTS can significantly raise scores if used for a minimum of 3 years consecutively.
VTS has been proven to support skills such as:
- making complex observations
- drawing conclusions based on observations
- supporting statements, evidential reasoning
- speculative thinking
- considering a range of possibilities
- generating new ideas
- expressing and articulating these ideas in discussions and in writing
- the ability to accept multiple viewpoints
- transfer and application of these skills to other subjects without prompting.