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ERIC Number: EJ1122477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
In Search of an Aesthetic Pathway: Young Children's Encounters with Drama
Ho, Ka Lee Carrie
Early Child Development and Care, v187 n1 p1-12 2017
Aesthetic experiences have proved as a valuable tool to enhance quality childhood life and learning; yet, how young children perceive such experiences is little known. This study investigated the aesthetic experiences and responses of Hong Kong young children through drama improvisation. Deleuzo-Guattarian concept of rhizome was used to form a theoretical framework with the aesthetic concept of Daoism and drama improvisation. This arts-based research studied the aesthetic experiences of six fluent Cantonese-speaking children aged 3-5 years, as they participated in five 2-hour drama improvisation workshops at a private dance studio. Data from video recordings, focused discussions, children's art journals, and reflective journals were mapped across the 22 co-created drama improvisation scenes. Young children's aesthetic experiences were illuminated through the exercise of decisiveness, "introspectiveness", and empathy. This research reconceptualizes young children's aesthetic education through aesthetic encounters.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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