UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Children's Meaning-Making through Graphic-Narrative Play

Susan Wright. (Professor, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education, NIE)

This features the arts-based method of acting as an interlocutor with children as they draw and talk about abstract ideas about themselves and their perceptions of what the future might be like. It describes the approach of surfacing the voices of children through open-ended visual, narrative and embodied meaning-making and the sensitive role of the interlocutor in this process. Delightful examples of children's communication are presented along with the semiotic framework that was used to analyze over 100 five-to-eight-year-old children's visual narratives.

Tales and Dolls: Using Persona dolls with children

Mercy Jesuvadian (Lecturer, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education, NIE)

This provides us a short background on the use of the dolls in data gathering, a discussion on how dolls work in enabling voice in research and end with a short demo on how its is to be done. The theoretical frame is the Post structural paradigm- focusing on raising voices of the children- to gain insight into how children think, play and form relationships. Dolls provide a safe forum for children to voice their views and this way the child's own understanding is foregrounded.

Between the Alpha and the Omega: A performative inquiry of the dilemmas of the art-researcher

Esther Joosa (Lecturer, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education, NIE)

This explores the dilemmas of the art-researcher. The presentation is aimed to bring forward the role of the culture, worldviews and understanding of the qualitative researcher. Over the last few decades art-based research has become a meaningful method of inquiry. Instead of a traditional form of presentation, the use of masks will be explored, to investigate and represent the role in the present PHD research. Based on Carl Jung’s ego and alter ego, the presentation discusses Vygotskian perspectives. With excerpts from an interview with Vygotsky (Rieber, 2004), the Alpha or the beginning researcher dialogues with her alter ego, the Omega to come to understand issues of ideology, philosophy, theory and ethics. The presentation illustrates how performativity as form of inquiry allows to illustrate and examine the researcher’s personal journey within her present PHD research.

The eye and the mind: Young children viewing artworks

Jacqueline Lye-Chung (Principal, St. James' Church Kindergarten)

Art experiences in preschools tend predominantly to be more of art-making than art-viewing. This research-in-progress explores young children's responses to artworks with the teacher using Housen's Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as a guide to surfacing the voices of children. Artworks offer a tangible focal point for children to express their individual perceptions, feelings, and thinking . Selected artworks of various genres and subjects drew an interesting array of responses from the children and some excerpts will be shared.

11 May 2010
Child Development Centre, NIE

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