ERIC Number: EJ834724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 55
Natural Biology vs. Cultural Structures: Art and Child Development in Education
Burrill, Rebecca R.
Teaching Artist Journal, v3 n1 p31-40 Mar 2005
Art in Education is generally considered a sideline, a secondary specialty, or something to be integrated into the primary curriculum, i.e. literacy and arts integration. But art is not secondary; it is primary in learning and in human development. Art is, in fact, necessary and optimal for learning to write, read, and perform arithmetic. This article is an investigation founded in human biology, where organic rhythms of growth are developmentally interfaced with the psychical counterparts of feeling, emotion, and cognition. Human biology manifests in physical movement on micro and macro levels, internally and externally. Biological movement has rhythm, vibration, resonance and sound. Infants, toddlers and children begin their relationship with the world through spontaneous movement and sound and by communicating with others. Movement and sound are the dance and harmony of the art life.
Descriptors: Biology, Adult Literacy, Child Development, Art Education, Schemata (Cognition), Creativity, Learning Processes, Educational History
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