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ERIC Number: EJ851694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Drawing: The Social Construction of Knowledge
Brooks, Margaret
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v29 n2 p41-49 Jun 2004
Despite a growing interest in children's drawing, there are few meaningful frameworks for examining what it is that children are doing when they draw. In this paper particular aspects of Vygotsky's sociocultural theories are re-examined in relation to young children's drawing processes. Using one kindergarten child's drawings of the growth and development of a Painted Lady butterfly as an example, I show how drawing in a social context mediates new knowledge and understanding. Drawing processes that encourage children to talk about, share, revise, revisit and re-contextualise their drawings extend young children's thinking as well their awareness of different possibilities for representation. I make recommendations for the use of drawing as a powerful meaning-making tool for young children. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A