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ERIC Number: EJ931109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Child as Totem: Redressing the Myth of Inherent Creativity in Early Childhood
McClure, Marissa
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v52 n2 p127-141 2011
In this article, I present a reexamination of the myth of inherent creativity in early childhood to elucidate how still-dominant discourses of optimization such as child development, individualism, expression, creativity, and visual realism exert limiting pressures on understandings of the art and visual culture that children consume and create. The article contributes to a repositioning of young children's art and visual culture as legitimate sites of cultural and knowledge production in order to ameliorate a restrictive view of child art in which children's art is characterized as either pure expression or a movement through stages toward visual realism. (Contains 6 figures and 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A