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ERIC Number: EJ1093902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Critical Conversations about Big Ideas in Art Using Paideia Seminar: A Focus on Early Elementary Settings
Paul, Kristina Ayers; Tay, Juliana
Gifted Child Today, v39 n2 p105-113 Apr 2016
Paideia Seminar is a method for facilitating Socratic discussions about different types of texts, whether they be texts in the literal sense of the word or any other object that represents ideas or values. In this article, we describe how teachers can implement Paideia Seminar to spark deep thinking and rich discussion among early elementary students using works of art as the focus. The value in using images for Socratic discussion with younger students is that the barriers of literacy are removed, allowing students with big ideas to participate regardless of their literacy level. This strategy is especially useful for challenging gifted thinkers who are not yet proficient readers. Here we describe the process of developing and facilitating Paideia Seminars with art in early elementary settings. Resources, ideas, and sample seminar plans are also provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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