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ERIC Number: EJ1043052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Conversations about Visual Arts: Facilitating Oral Language
Chang, Ni; Cress, Susan
Early Childhood Education Journal, v42 n6 p415-422 Nov 2014
Visual arts, such as drawings, are attractive to most young children. Marks left on paper by young children contain meaning. Although it is known that children's oral language could be enhanced through communication with adults, rarely is there a series of dialogues between adults and young children about their drawings. Often heard instead are simple comments given by adults like "It is a neat picture!" "You did a great job painting!" Yet, dialogic communication between adults and young children could not only help facilitate children's oral language, but also bring about many other merits. Regrettably, little literature addresses oral language facilitation about visual arts. This article describes the significance of facilitating children's oral language via adults' talking with young children about their visual arts based on Otto's (Literacy development in early childhood: reflective teaching for birth to age eight, 3edn. Pearson Education Inc, Upper Saddle River, 2008) linguistic scaffolding strategies and Halliday's (Language in a social perspective: explorations in the functions of language. Edward Arnold Model of Language Functions, London, 1973). Implications and suggestions for future research are given at the end of this paper.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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