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ERIC Number: ED539786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Implications of the Land Art Training for Kindergarten Teacher Trainees on Their Interdisciplinary Teaching Practices
Efthymia, Gourgiotou; Vasiliki, Giannakou; Konstadinos, Christidis
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 12 p1021-1025 2012
Land art (or Earth art, or environmental art) refers to an art movement in which landscape and art are linked, and art work is not just placed in nature, but draws from nature. Land art can refer to several interpretations that can be done by anyone and may be combined materials found in nature, such as leaves, fir cones, twigs, pebbles, rocks, sand, and shells. Last years, land art was connected with education in implementation of interdisciplinary projects. The purpose of this study was to describe the effects of teaching a specific land art model to teacher trainees in Pedagogical Department of Preschool Education of University of Crete in 2011-2012. Through this project, the authors seek to promote a questioning and critical approach to art teaching, and environmental awareness within the context of early childhood education developing a validated inventory of instructional procedures, techniques, and assessments methods that may be used by the profession as a framework for curriculum development and the assessment of program effectiveness. The program, which is still ongoing, began in October 2011 with completion expected in mid-May 2012. Teacher trainees, an advisory teacher, an art education instructor, and a lecturer (as supervisor) worked together to involve young children in interesting and creative land art activities. This cooperation provided an opportunity for innovation and experimentation and, especially, a context for teacher trainees to deepen their understanding of their roles for a sustainable society and improve their teaching strategies. Project evaluation was made through children's land art representations and interviews conducted by all stakeholders (teacher trainees, children, teachers, etc.).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Kindergarten; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece