Exploring Art in Early Childhood Education

By Danielle Twigg and Susanne Garvis.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In Australia and many other countries around the world, art education is considered a significant aspect of early childhood education. As Jalongo (1999) asserts, teachers who are not confident with their own artistic ability will negatively influence the art of their own students. Therefore, teachers of all stages of their careers need to be provided with training in relation to the art. Through ongoing professional development, teachers will develop basic skills to assist themselves in managing young children’s artistic learning.
In 2010, the authors completed a self-study of experiences from entering early years classrooms. Using reflective practice in a narrative approach, key themes emerged about skills and techniques needed in art education. This paper offers ways to support early childhood teachers to become more confident in their dealings with young children and their art experiences at school based on these findings. It provides guidance to teacher educators, schools and policy makers interested in improving quality Art education experiences for all students in early childhood education.

Keywords: Early Childhood, Arts, Teacher Education

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.193-204. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 645.678KB).

Dr. Danielle Twigg

Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Mount Gravatt, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Danielle Twigg has recently been appointed as Lecturer to the School of Education and Professional Studies (Brisbane, Logan) following careers as an Early Years teacher and researcher in both Australia and North America. Danielle has worked as Senior Program Officer for the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care, Department of Education and Training (Queensland Government) on strategic initiatives in relation to achieving universal access to quality kindergarten program for all Queensland children.

Dr. Susanne Garvis

Lecturer, School of Education and Profesisonal Studies, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Susanne Garvis is a lecturer in early childhood education at Griffith University, Gold Coast. She teaches music education, child development and gifted education. Susanne is currently completing her PhD.

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