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ERIC Number: ED351124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Arts Education for Young Children of the 21st Century.
Veale, Ann
This paper discusses the role of art in the education of young children, particularly in Australia. The first section reviews H. Gardner's theory (1983) that children need to be provided with opportunities to develop multiple forms of intelligence, one of which is intelligence relating to art. The value of play in children's education as put forward by various researchers, notably E. W. Eisner (1990) is also stressed. The second section of the paper examines the role of cultural activities in a society. It is maintained that children's art-making activities, and their learning about aesthetic values, are parts of the process of becoming educated. It is also emphasized that Australian citizens are to have a well-balanced view of their cultural heritage, Australian education must give a major place to Aboriginal art. The third section discusses theories, especially those of Vygotsky, that support a pedagogy based on play. The fourth section studies the educational context of children's artistic activity. Also considered are researchers' ideas about the connection between visual imagery, imagination, and education, and about the ability of raw sensory experience to stimulate the imagination of children. A 20-item bibliography is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia