ERIC Number: ED446854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-1
Repertory Grid Technique in Early Childhood as a Tool for Reflective Conversations in Arts Education.
The repertory grid is a technique used in psychological and behavioral studies to elicit individuals' personal constructs. This pilot study examined the feasibility of using this technique with young children in early childhood education settings with regard to visual art education, based on the view that listening to, and appreciating children's opinions and criteria about their own work and that of others is essential to understanding why children's work is the way it is. Repertory Grid offers a more structural basis for conversation and feedback in art education than does an open interview. Participating in the pilot study were two 5-year-olds. One feedback conversation was held with each child separately, as well as one unusable conversation with both children together, to elicit their constructs. During the conversations, 5 art works (elements) were selected from about 10 the child had made at home or at art school within the preceding 6 months. Constructs (product quality or action) were elicited from the child and were used to compose a grid in which all elements were allotted to constructs, using graded scales. Findings of the study indicated that the time needed for intensive conversation with young children is at most 20 minutes, breaks are needed to support and maintain motivation, the role of children's linguistic ability is crucial, and extra incentives may be needed to maintain interest. (Contains 12 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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