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ERIC Number: ED441738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 26
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Talking about Art: Understanding Children's Perspectives.
Mulcahey, Christine
For one instructor, years of working with children in the art classroom suggested that talking with children is necessary and vital to understanding how they learn artistically and how to teach them. This paper focuses specifically on children's talk about their art in relation to the children's view that their world is separate and distinct from the adult world. The paper states that, in interviews with children, the children's view suggested that they interpret changes in their drawings through time in terms of their acquired concerns or characteristics they associate with adults. The paper looks at children's talk about their art from the children's perspectives rather than from the more common adult-centric perspective. It uses children's perspectives as both a theoretical framework and a methodological tool. Theoretically, suspending adult perceptions and judgments provides the framework for thinking about and analyzing the range of children's talk in the study; methodologically, children's perspectives are revealed through group interviews with sixth graders. The interactions among the children and the interaction between researcher and children resulted in conversations centering around a collection of each child's drawings. (Contains 48 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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