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ERIC Number: EJ1098900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
Creative Inspiration for Preschoolers from Museums
Rönkkö, Marja-Leena; Aerila, Juli-Anna; Grönman, Satu
International Journal of Early Childhood, v48 n1 p17-32 Apr 2016
This research explores the learning outcomes of preschool children produced through visits to an historic house museum environment. The new Finnish preschool curriculum identifies the importance of arts-based approaches for children and that these approaches should be closely aligned to experiential and holistic education. The aim of the research was to explore the significance of the museum environment to preschoolers and their creative activities as a result of experiences at the museum. The research data were collected across 4 days with 16 preschool children. The empirical data stemmed from tasks which included follow-up stories, drawings based on the stories, craft designs, craft products, and video recordings of the activities in the historic house museum environment and at school. The research data were supported by semi-structured interviews that illuminated children's perspectives on the project. The qualitative data were analyzed using a framework that took account of the compulsory, optional, and free properties of the follow-up stories and craft products. The historic house museum environment was connected to children's creative actions to give them ideas for their stories and craft products. The holistic learning process described in this study appeared to benefit the construction of learning in a child-centered way that grounded children's understanding. The research contributes to greater understanding about how arts-based and creative learning activities can be implemented with preschool children in different environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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