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ERIC Number: EJ1149899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0332 3315
Artful Dodgers: An Arts Education Research Project in Early Education Settings
Hayes, Nóirín; Maguire, Jackie; Corcoran, Lucie; O'Sullivan, Carmel
Irish Educational Studies, v36 n2 p203-219 2017
Artful Dodgers is an arts education project developed by two artists and delivered in two early years settings located in two areas of urban disadvantage. It is a music and visual arts programme designed and implemented with early years teachers of children aged 3-5 years. It explored whether the provision of high-quality arts experiences could enhance children's emerging literacy and numeracy. A novel "artist in(formed) residency" model was developed within a unique arts education research design. Piloting a tripartite relationship between researchers, artists and early years teachers, this study was situated within a qualitative action research paradigm, with both artists located in both services weekly over a 12-week period. The evaluation of the programme indicates changes in pedagogical planning and style in the early years teachers over the period of the artists' residency. Their language became more reflective and their practice incorporated a wider and richer range of materials; there was greater evidence of more child-led activities and unstructured play opportunities over the duration of the study. The data suggest that children's social, cooperative and communication skills were enhanced. Recommendations have implications for the professional development of artists and teachers working in early years settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland (Dublin)
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