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Making Meaning


Making Meaning

Constructing Multimodal Perspectives of Language, Literacy, and Learning through Arts-based Early Childhood Education
Educating the Young Child, Band 2

von: Marilyn Narey

95,19 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 07.11.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9780387875392
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 258

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Making Meaning is a synthesis of theory, research, and practice that explicitly presents art as a meaning making process.
This book provokes readers to examine their current understandings of language, literacy and learning through the lens of the various arts-based perspectives offered in this volume; provides a starting point for constructing broader, multimodal views of what it might mean to “make meaning”; and underscores why understanding arts-based learning as a meaning-making process is especially critical to early childhood education in the face of narrowly-focused, test-driven curricular reforms. Each contributor integrates this theory and research with stories of how passionate teachers, teacher-educators, and pre-service teachers, along with administrators, artists, and professionals from a variety of fields have transcended disciplinary boundaries to engage the arts as a meaning-making process for young children and for themselves.
This book synthesizes theory, research and practice to present art as a meaning-making process. It is full of stories of educators and artists transcending disciplinary boundaries to use the arts as a meaning-making process for young children and themselves.
Making Meaning: Constructing Multimodal Perspectives of Language, Literacy, and Learning through Arts-based Early Childhood Education, is a synthesis of theory, research, and practice that explicitly presents art as a meaning making process.
Respected educational theorists from John Dewey to Elliot Eisner argue for a cognitive view of art as creation of meaning. Numerous researchers from a variety of fields promote multimodal views of language, literacy, and learning. Further, while not all practitioners have the background that encourages this multimodal conceptualization, most acknowledge that the arts have a place in the early childhood curriculum, and many express concerns that mandated prescriptive practices and high-stakes test preparation leave little time for arts experiences that were once central to the early childhood curriculum. The multimodal, child-centered understandings of art as a means of "coming to know" presented in this text offer significant implications for young children’s language, literacy and learning and underscore the early childhood education professional’s responsibility to advance the arts in the various settings in which they work.

Therefore, the purpose of this book is to provoke readers to examine their current understandings of language, literacy and learning through the lens of the various arts-based perspectives offered in this volume; to provide them with a starting point for constructing broader, multimodal views of what it might mean to "make meaning;" and to underscore why understanding arts-based learning as a meaning-making process is especially critical to early childhood education in the face of narrowly-focused, test-driven curricular reforms. To that end, a group of distinguished authors will provide chapters that integrate theory and research with stories of how passionate teachers, teacher-educators, and pre-service teachers, along with administrators, artists, and professionals from a variety of fields have transcended disciplinary boundaries to engage the arts as a meaning-making process for young children and for themselves.
Beyond Words.- Drawing to Learn.- Creating a Critical Multiliteracies Curriculum: Repositioning Art in the Early Childhood Classroom.- Researching Literacy with Young Children's Drawings.- Studio Thinking in Early Childhood.- Contexts and Layered Texts.- The In-Depth Approach: Young Children's Artistic Learning in the Context of Museum Environments and Other Cultural Settings.- A Circle of Friends: Re-envisioning Art Learning and Individual Difference in the Classroom.- Multiple Modes of Communication of Young Brazilian Children: Singing, Drawing, and English Language Learning.- The Heart of the Arts: Fostering Young Children's Ways of Knowing.- Visions.- Empowering Pre-service Teachers to Design a Classroom Environment that Serves as a Third Teacher.- Rewiring and Networking Language, Literacy, and Learning through the Arts: Developing Fluencies with Technology.- Lighting the Fires Within:.- Learning to See the Boa Constrictor Digesting the Elephant: Pre-service Teachers Construct Perspectives of Language, Literacy, and Learning through Art.
As a teacher and teacher-educator, Marilyn J. Narey has extensive experience in both art education and early childhood education. During her tenure as a K-12 public school art teacher and department chair in southwestern Pennsylvania, she received multiple grants and recognition for her innovative child-centered curricular projects and partnerships. Her work in the private sector focused upon developing a successful pre-K through primary program that featured arts-based learning. Currently she is a professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Driven by a vision of quality early childhood education that transcends disciplinary boundaries, Dr. Narey has received National and state awards for teaching excellence for her work in general education, as well as art education. Her research and publication interests include teacher quality, reflective practice, creativity, curriculum design, literacy, and instructional technology and she has presented nationally and internationally on these topics.
Making Meaning: Constructing Multimodal Perspectives of Language, Literacy, and Learning through Arts-based Early Childhood Education, is a synthesis of theory, research, and practice that explicitly presents art as a meaning making process.
Respected educational theorists from John Dewey to Elliot Eisner argue for a cognitive view of art as creation of meaning. Numerous researchers from a variety of fields promote multimodal views of language, literacy, and learning. Further, while not all practitioners have the background that encourages this multimodal conceptualization, most acknowledge that the arts have a place in the early childhood curriculum, and many express concerns that mandated prescriptive practices and high-stakes test preparation leave little time for arts experiences that were once central to the early childhood curriculum. The multimodal, child-centered understandings of art as a means of "coming to know" presented in this text offer significant implications for young children’s language, literacy and learning and underscore the early childhood education professional’s responsibility to advance the arts in the various settings in which they work.

Therefore, the purpose of this book is to provoke readers to examine their current understandings of language, literacy and learning through the lens of the various arts-based perspectives offered in this volume; to provide them with a starting point for constructing broader, multimodal views of what it might mean to "make meaning;" and to underscore why understanding arts-based learning as a meaning-making process is especially critical to early childhood education in the face of narrowly-focused, test-driven curricular reforms. To that end, a group of distinguished authors will provide chapters that integrate theory and research with stories of how passionate teachers, teacher-educators, and pre-service teachers, along with administrators, artists, and professionals from a variety of fields have transcended disciplinary boundaries to engage the arts as a meaning-making process for young children and for themselves.
Challenges the early childhood education community to reexamine beliefs about art
Provides a broader understanding of the responsibilities of early childhood education in regard to arts learning
Demonstrates the releveancy of arts research to current issues in early childhood education
Provides accessible entry points by relating arts research to early childhood education professionals
Includes examples of research-based best practice focusing on the arts
Highlights the reality of the challenge of arts-based learning in today's schools

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