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ERIC Number: ED351123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Pages: 12
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Making Meaning with Eyes and Hands.
Veale, Ann
In light of criticisms that many early childhood programs fail to engage children's minds, this study suggests that children need programs in which they can: (1) explore experience in visual ways; (2) experience aspects of different cultures; (3) extend their thinking; and (4) develop their imagination. That art and play can provide suitable vehicles for these endeavors is suggested by curriculum theorist and art educator Elliot W. Eisner, and exemplified by the Reggio Emilia preschool art program in Italy, which encourages and records the long-term creative activities of children for the children's own later review. Exposure to family memorabilia, for example, can help stimulate children's visual experiences and heighten their sense of perception. Australian children also need to become aware of the various cultures of Southeast Asia and the art that those cultures have produced, so that the children can experience aspects of the cultures of nearby peoples. Early childhood art programs need to encourage children to become involved and absorbed in mind-engaging work for extended periods of time, so that they can edit and perfect their work and transform original ideas into imaginative variations. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Australia; Eisner (Elliot W); Italy (Reggio Emilia)