ERIC Number: EJ763198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Children's Aesthetic Understanding of Photographic Art and the Quality of Art-Related Parent-Child Interactions
Szechter, Lisa E.; Liben, Lynn S.
Child Development, v78 n3 p879-894 May-Jun 2007
This research was designed to examine the quality of children's aesthetic understanding of photographs, observe social interactions between parents and children in this aesthetic domain, and study whether qualitatively different dyadic interactions were associated with children's own aesthetic understanding. Parents and children (7-13 years; 40 dyads) individually completed measures of aesthetic understanding and jointly selected photographs for a souvenir scrapbook. Parents' artistic experience varied widely and was associated with their own performance on aesthetic understanding measures. Children's performance on the individual aesthetic tasks was related to age, but not to parents' art experience nor to the qualities of parent-child discussions of aesthetic concepts. Among both parents and children, artistic experience was associated with aesthetic preferences for photographs.
Descriptors: Art Education, Aesthetics, Photography, Parent Child Relationship, Interaction, Art Activities, Comprehension, Experience, Age Differences
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