Arts, Young Children, and Learning

ISBN-10: 0205198899
ISBN-13: 9780205198894
Edition: 2003
Authors: Susan Wright
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Description: This book provides an overview of current philosophies, theories and practices in early childhood arts education, with many engaging examples of how children learn and how adults can enhance this learning.The Arts, Young Children, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $101.40
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 365
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This book provides an overview of current philosophies, theories and practices in early childhood arts education, with many engaging examples of how children learn and how adults can enhance this learning.The Arts, Young Children, and Learningpresents how children learn through the arts and how adults play an important role in assisting this learning. This book is not a "cookbook" of activities. The purpose is to delve deeper into the topics and to provide the reader with both a theoretical and philosophical understanding of the importance of the arts in young children's lives, and the knowledge and confidence to apply this understanding in a variety of learning contexts. The book covers a range of highly relevant topics in an engaging manner with many practical examples. It focuses on important principles that draw on current research and international examples of "best" practices. For anyone interested in the education of young children, teachers, curriculum developers and parents!

Susan Wright lives in New York City.

Preface
Creativity
Creativity: What is it?
Relationships between the Individual, Domain, and Field
Resources for Developing Creativity
Personality
Intelligence and Knowledge
Thinking Styles
Motivation and Commitment
Environmental Support
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Approaches to Arts Education
Basic Approaches
The Productive Approach
The Reproductive Approach
Origins of Philosophical Beliefs in Arts Education
The Guided Learning Approach
Conditions for Guiding Learning in the Arts
Assisting Artistic Processes and Products
Forming Partnerships with Children
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Artistic Learning and Knowing
Learning How to Learn in Artistic Ways
Thought, Emotion, and Action
Thinking through Imagery and with the Body
Turning Action into Representation
"Reading" and "Writing" Using Artistic Symbols
Communicating via a Unique "Language"
Learning Through Discovery
Discovery Learning through Play
Engaging Artistic Processes
Honoring Individual Learning Style
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Socially Constructed Learning in Early Childhood Arts Education
Underpinning Principles of Social Constructivism
Modeling or Demonstrating
Providing Descriptive Feedback
Explaining to Organize Children's Thoughts
Asking Questions to Stimulate Children's Ideas and Understanding
The Project-Based, Emergent Curriculum
Reflection and the Role of Documentation
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
The Arts and Intelligence
Multiple Intelligences
Musical Intelligence
Spatial Intelligence
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
Personal Intelligences
Intelligence, Symbols, and Symbol Systems
Symbols and Symbol Systems
Literal and Expressive Symbolizing
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Children's Artistic Development
Objects and Events
Categorizing Objects
Categorizing Events
Characteristics of Young Children's Development
Toddlers: Meaning-Making
Three- to Five-Year-Olds: Playful Symbol Use
Six- to Eight-Year-Olds: Crafting
Domain-Specific Intelligence in Relation to Development
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Literacy in the Arts
Multiliteracy
Artistic Literacy
Processes Toward Artistic Literacy
Making
Presenting
Responding
Assisting Children's Thinking About Artistic Learning
Before an Arts Experience
During an Arts Experience
After an Arts Experience
Artistic Elements, Forms of Expression, and Symbolic Domains
Expressive, Metaphoric, and Stylistic Facets
Balancing the Arts Processes and Connecting the Arts Domains
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
The Visual Arts
Why Art is Important for Young Children
Ways of Seeing the Child
Ways of Seeing Art
Ways of Seeing the Teacher
How We Can Assist Children's Learning in and through Art
Drawing
The Child
The Art
Teaching
Painting
The Child
The Art
Teaching
Clay
The Child
The Art
Teaching
Other Art Media
An Example of Good Art Practice
Assessment
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Music
The Influence of Culture, Family, and Schooling on Young Children's Musical Development
An Emergent Curriculum within a Supportive Musical Environment
Singing
Characteristics of Children's Spontaneous Songs
Encouraging Song Improvisation
Playing Instruments
Encouraging Instrumental Improvisation and Composition
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Enhancing Dramatic Activities in the Early Childhood Years
Dramatic Play and the Intuitive Use of the Elements of Drama
Dramatic Qualities of Child-Structured Play
Dramatic Tension
Teachers Becoming Co-Players to Maintain Tension in Children's Play
Symbol
Role, Language, and Movement
Teachers Providing Contexts for Roles, Language, and Movement
Time, Space, and Focus
Summary
Practical Activities
Dance
Freedom and Improvisation in Relation to Discipline and Control
Dance as Inner Awareness
Dance as a Group Experience
Movement Qualities
Effort
Space
Time
The Use of Appropriate Stimulation
Props
Imagery
The Voice and Musical Instruments
Music and Movement
Characteristics of Children's Movement Ability in Relation to Music
Well-Constructed Dance Sessions
Linking Musical Concepts and Dance Concepts
Guidance
Problem Solving
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
The Integration of the Arts
The Brain's Search for Patterns
Origins of Interdisciplinary Curricula
Integrating While Maintaining Discipline Integrity
Common Approaches to Integration
Underpinning Principles of an Integrated Approach
Storybuilding as a Beginning Point for Integration
Techniques for Storybuilding
Integrated Arts Play Emerging from Children's Ideas
Assisting Children to Apply Self-Imposed Artistic Judgment
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Planning, Implementing, and Documenting the Curriculum
The Emergent Curriculum Cycle
Planning, Implementing, and Documenting
Support Components
People
Resources
Space
Time
Artistic Components
Processes
Discipline-Based Forms of Expression
Elements
Concepts
Multimodality
Guidance
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
The Arts, Culture, and Schooling
Culture as Continuous Change
The Cultural Construction of Reality
Collective Construction of Reality
Creating Our Preferred Futures
Summary
Additional Readings
Practical Activities
Glossary
The Visual Arts
Dance
Drama
Music
References
Index

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