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An examination of year one and year two students' understanding of the spatial, gestural and visual design elements of their 2D artwork

Fox, Sonya J. (2006) An examination of year one and year two students' understanding of the spatial, gestural and visual design elements of their 2D artwork. In Voices, Vibes, Visions AATE/ALEA National Conference 2006, 8-11 July 2006, Darwin.

Abstract

This paper examines young children's understandings of multimodal design elements made noticeable through the analyses of their 2D artwork, focusing on gestural, spatial and visual design, as described by Cope and Kalantzis (2000) as a meaning making system. It is argued that children already utilise accumulated multiple literacies gained from their intensely involved multimodal textual practices outside school experiences and socio-cultural practices. This paper also explores how meaning making is becoming increasingly multimodal, with modes such as visual, spatial, audio, linguistic and gestural, due to the continual reshaping of language by new forms of communication media. These design elements are not separate entities, but are themselves interconnected with one another through semiosis and symbols. The paper also describes how "drawings of a developing child are symbolic in nature and form a part of the maturing ability to think symbolically" (Thwaites, 1999, p.6), or more specifically, that children use their artwork as a meaning making mechanism. It is recommended that further, more extensive research be considered in regard to the exploration of young children's understandings of multimodal design elements within their 2D artwork, as additional investigation has the potential to provide a greater perspective on the evolutionary character of literacy development for children.

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ID Code: 5617
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: multiliteracies, multimodality, children's artwork, Cope and Kalantzis, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 14:55

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