Pedagogy – Doctoral Degree 2009
Education by Play and Art
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 2
Recommended Semester: 4
ECTS Credits Allocated: 10.00
Pre-requisites: Child's Play and Curriculum Development exam

Course objectives: Presentation, review and analysis of modern approaches/conceptions of education of early-aged children, based on play and art(s).

Course description: Imagination and creativity: the role and the significance in development and education of early-aged children. Knowledge as a representation of experience. Ways of experience representation: „The Hundred Languages of Children“ (Reggio Emilia approach). Means of play and art – cultural artifacts of different levels. Types of play and their developmental/educational potential. Art, music, drama education as opposed to „education by art“ (integrated approach). Activity and dialogue nature of learning – construction of meaning and identity in a search for the sense. Kindergarten as an institution of modern society: the need for aesthetic approach in the form of „semiotic apprenticeship“. Presentation and analysis of chosen programme/approach examples of early-aged children education based on play and art: Reggio education; Playworld of G. Lindqvist. Practical course: field research.

Learning Outcomes: Students understand the possibilities and advantages of using the procedure of play and language and methods of art in educating the children of early age; students are familiar with modern concepts of education by play and art and are capable of designing those kind of programmes meant for children.

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  • Lindqvist, G, 1995, The Aesthetics of Play: A Didactic Study of Play and Culture in Preschools, Uppsala Sudies in Education, Uppsala
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