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ERIC Number: EJ935017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Discoveries from a Reggio-Inspired Classroom: Meeting Developmental Needs through the Visual Arts
Griebling, Susan
Art Education, v64 n2 p6-11 Mar 2011
Educators from Reggio Emilia encourage educators to see children as competent and strong. They persuade educators to acknowledge the children's use of the visual arts as a "language," especially during project work. Inspired by the philosophy from Reggio Emilia, the author initiated a 10-week ethnographic study of young children in a Reggio-inspired preschool classroom. Through this study, she gained an understanding of why these children spontaneously created artworks and gained answers to her question: What are young children's purposes for creating in the visual arts? A further review of literature revealed that her findings connected with Bendtro and Brokenleg's (2001) model called the "Circle of Courage." This connection enhanced the author's understanding of the children's purposes for generating visual artworks. This article provides an overview of project work and the Circle of Courage framework and an explanation of how the children's purposes, discovered during this study, fit this framework. (Contains 5 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A