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ERIC Number: EJ1003296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Evoking Emotions and Unpacking Layered Histories through Young Children's Illustrations of Racial Bus Segregation
Kuby, Candace R.
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v13 n2 p271-300 Jun 2013
Drawing on theories of multi-modality and critical visual literacy, this article focuses on images that five-and six year-olds painted in a class-made book, Voice on the Bus, about racial segregation. The article discusses how children used illustrations to convey their understandings of Rosa Parks' bus arrest in Alabama. A post-structural view focusing on images that five- and six year-olds painted in a class-made book, "Voices on the Bus", about racial segregation, the article discusses how children used illustrations to convey their understanding of Rosa Parks' bus arrest in Alabama. A post-structural (Kind, 2010) idea of art as an encounter, not as a fixed representation, shaped how the images were "experienced" for analysis. Using the notion of synaesthesia (the joining of senses), paintings were analysed for evoked emotions and blended sensations (Berman, 1999; Boston, 2001). Additional analysis focused on sedimented meanings (Rowsell and Pahl, 2007), looking for traces from curricular conversations and local/global D/discourses about segregation, schooling experiences and religious undertones (Gee, 1996). The following analytical questions are discussed: In what ways does this illustration evoke a synaesthetic response? How is this image agentic? What are the sedimented meanings from the images? Insights gained are that children can create synaesthetic images to evoke emotions; educators can find traces of sedimented histories in student-made artefacts; and perhaps social action is embodied and expressed through art. Researchers are encouraged to continue using a hybrid of literacy theories and tools for multi-modal analysis. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama