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

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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Philip Pearson
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
16
Issue No.: 
3
Page numbers of article: 
9-17
Year of publication: 
1993
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
Art educational interests in the image-making practices of children have generated a large volume of literature focused upon the images and imagery of children. The focus seems founded upon the assumption that through paying attention to these products we gain access to instances of children's interests in the world, which will provide the sort of knowledge we consider necessary in order to maintain informed art educational practices of relevance to all children. This paper looks to challenge that assumption and to establish the basis upon which the drawing practices of children can be seen as social practice which derives meaning from the child's 'habitus'. Utilising concepts drawn from the work of Pierre Bourdieu, it is argued that for some children at least, the enterprise of image-making holds a primarily strategic significance for their lives, in enabling them to negotiate their social world in an empowered manner.
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