ERIC Number: EJ681496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-1
Aesthetic Discourses in Early Childhood Settings: Dewey, Steiner, and Vygotsky
Early Child Development and Care, v174 n5 p473-486 Jan 2004
Early childhood, when young children are already capable of undergoing aesthetic experience, must be the starting point for aesthetic education. Despite increasing attention to the significant values of the arts in early childhood classrooms, no theoretical framework to support aesthetic education has been established. This article introduces the theories of John Dewey, Rudolf Steiner and Lev Vygotsky, whose ideas and thoughts have many important implications for the arts and aesthetic education for young children. These scholars' historical backgrounds and theories on human learning, the arts and aesthetics have been explored to support the practical dimension of aesthetic education at the early childhood level.
Descriptors: Young Children, Aesthetic Education, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Learning Theories, Educational Philosophy, Art Appreciation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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