Communication and transformation through collaboration: Rethinking drawing activities in early childhood.

Knight, Linda M (2008) Communication and transformation through collaboration: Rethinking drawing activities in early childhood. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(4), pp. 307-316.

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This article is a study of the arts in early childhood as a way of learning, for both children and their teachers. The author suggests that drawing can be a powerful tool for collaborative approaches to pedagogy. When teachers draw with children, pathways of communication can be opened, and the collaborative exercise can trigger processes of transformation for both adult and child. In order to present challenges to more traditional, hands-off pedagogical practices in arts education, this article is an account of reflexive arts pedagogies, and how they can work to improve communication and understandings between adults and children. Within the educational contexts of Australian preschooling and primary schooling, the author examines the process of collaborative drawing, and how this can enable a process of transformation. Her analysis, and the accompanying examples of reflexive practices, combine complementary lenses, socio-cultural and postmodern, that she sees as working in harmony to produce new possibilities, in arts education in particular, and, more broadly, in early childhood education.

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ID Code: 42351
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2008.9.4.306
ISSN: 1463-9491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 The author
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2011 23:25
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:35

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