ERIC Number: ED258192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Picture Book and Aesthetic-Environmental Education.
Schwarcz, Joseph H.
A large body of research examines the relationships between people and their surroundings and the influence of their physical background on relationships between people living, operating, and cooperating in these environments. One of the results of this research seems to be that aesthetically significant and satisfying environments have a beneficial influence on individuals and on groups. For children's progress through school, educators everywhere create and apply curricula, textbooks, and teacher planning to further their affective and aesthetic attachment to their home region. The role of the picture book should be seen as a medium of this aspect of aesthetic education. Various nonfiction books, pseudofiction books, militantly environmental books, and books including the environment as an integral element foster children's perception of a sense of place, or a sense of the beauty and the wealth of phenomena that comprise a particular place. Good picture books can partly compensate children for the lack of sufficient contact with, and create new interest in, real environments. They can also counteract the meretricious environment: images of comics, animated films, and advertising. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at "The Illustrator as Storyteller" Conference (Chicago, IL, October 19-20, 1984).