Last week, a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study bolstered the case for education that integrates the STEM disciplines with the arts and humanities, including medicine. Conducted over the past two years, the study offers compelling evidence that integration has a positive impact on the learning outcomes of students, who carry the benefits far into their careers.
Studying the arts and humanities can aid students in developing the highly complex, technical understanding that STEMM disciplines often demand. That’s because assignments requiring students to use their creativity and imagination often help them internalize the material. Importantly, the benefits of integration flow in both directions. As the study explains, integration can provide artists with new tools and perspectives to bring to their work, influencing what they create.