The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 221–244 | Cite as

Student, home, and school socio-demographic factors: links to school, home, and community arts participation

  • Marianne Mansour
  • Andrew J. MartinEmail author
  • Michael Anderson
  • Robyn Gibson
  • Gregory Arief D. Liem
  • David Sudmalis


This study explored the role of student (e.g., age, language background, gender), home (e.g., parent/caregiver education), and school (e.g., school type, size) socio-demographic factors in students’ school (e.g., in-school arts tuition, arts engagement), home (e.g., parent/caregiver–child arts interaction), and community (e.g., arts attendance, arts tuition) arts participation. The sample comprised 1172 elementary and secondary school students from 15 schools. Findings revealed that student and home socio-demographic factors were the most salient in predicting arts participation across school, home, and community contexts. Age, gender, and prior achievement were the key student socio-demographic factors, while parent/caregiver education and occupation were also associated with students’ arts participation. Implications for practice and intervention pertinent to young people’s arts participation are discussed.


Arts participation Socio-demographics School Home Community Youth 



The authors would like to thank all participating schools, the Australian Research Council, and the Australia Council for the Arts for their assistance in this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education (Educational Psychology Research Group)University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Psychological Studies Academic GroupNational Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Australia Council for the ArtsSydneyAustralia

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