Event Title

Promoting authentic learning: Visual arts in early childhood classrooms

Location

ED Annex 211

Start Date

7-3-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

7-3-2014 2:40 PM

Description

This qualitative study examines three early childhood educators understanding about visual arts and how and why it is used in their early childhood classrooms. Data was collected through field observations, interviews, and artifact collection over a five-month period. The findings revealed how all three participants routinely engaged children with visual arts activities in authentic and meaningful ways as another educative tool to encourage, enable, and extend day-to-day learning. Although how and why each participant engaged in visual arts differed in approach and style, visual arts were used across all three classrooms to (1) promote a classroom culture of community, ownership, and responsibility; (2) create an environment wherein children are encouraged to construct knowledge through exploration and discovery; (3) and provide opportunities for a negotiated curriculum. Implications center on how the use of visual arts by early childhood educators can promote authentic learning.

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Promoting authentic learning: Visual arts in early childhood classrooms

ED Annex 211

This qualitative study examines three early childhood educators understanding about visual arts and how and why it is used in their early childhood classrooms. Data was collected through field observations, interviews, and artifact collection over a five-month period. The findings revealed how all three participants routinely engaged children with visual arts activities in authentic and meaningful ways as another educative tool to encourage, enable, and extend day-to-day learning. Although how and why each participant engaged in visual arts differed in approach and style, visual arts were used across all three classrooms to (1) promote a classroom culture of community, ownership, and responsibility; (2) create an environment wherein children are encouraged to construct knowledge through exploration and discovery; (3) and provide opportunities for a negotiated curriculum. Implications center on how the use of visual arts by early childhood educators can promote authentic learning.