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Seeing things differently: Student teachers and the arts in early childhood settings

Janette Kelly and Gaye Jurisich

In early childhood education, the arts have traditionally been taught based on ideas about developmentally appropriate practice and the creative self-expression of the child. This is despite a shift towards sociocultural theory in New Zealand and many parts of the Western world. This article looks at an initial teacher education arts module that, through hands-on experiences, led student teachers to see and do things differently, and to consider a wide range of possible arts-based learning experiences for children and teachers.

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