Children of refugee families as artists : bridging the past, present and future

McArdle, Felicity A. & Spina, Nerida J. (2007) Children of refugee families as artists : bridging the past, present and future. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 32(4), pp. 50-53.

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In this paper we examine the place of art in curriculum for young children of refugee families, but not from the relatively common art-as-therapy position. Instead, art is presented as a language that can provide young children with the means to engage with learning, build identity and tell their stories. This approach bypasses the deficit position children may be placed in because of their differences, which include language, culture and social capital. This is an account of an arts experience conducted by an artist who worked with a group of young children of refugee families, and some preliminary analysis of what we learned through the project.

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ID Code: 15481
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: art, education, refugees, young children
ISSN: 0312-5033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Early Childhood Australia
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 03:22

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