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ERIC Number: EJ1150543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Opening a Window to Foster Children's Self-Confidence through Creative Art Activities
Kim, Kyoung Jin; Wee, Su-Jeong; Gilbert, Beverly Boals
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v45 n2 p4-12 2017
Among various benefits of art for young children, this article highlights the emotional development aspect, specifically boosting self-confidence through art activities. The definition of self-confidence as having trust in one's self, clear knowledge of one's strengths and limitations, and assurance of one's ability to handle a variety of situations (Kostelnik, Stein, Whiren, & Soderman, 2006) was used for purposes of this paper and research project. Self-esteem and self-confidence come from having a sense of belonging, believing that oneself is capable, and knowing that contributions are valued and worthwhile. Lack of self-esteem has been shown to lead to a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional problems (Kernis, 2005), eventually resulting in overall academic and social under-performance, as well as behavior problems. Thus, it is vital for early childhood educators to provide an environment in which children are nurtured in a positive sense of self (Mayesky, 2003). This article presents a case study that illustrates how a 10-week art intervention program helped to increase children's self-confidence. This research acknowledged the importance of teacher's emotional support, specific feedback and open-ended questions, and use of open-ended materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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