Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts is a new Australian text covering all of the diverse fields within arts education for the young child. Following in the footsteps of the influential work, The Arts in Early Childhood, Susan Wright and her new team of expert contributors provide a current introduction to theory and practice in arts education in early childhood.
Each chapter is dedicated to each of the strands in arts education - visual arts, music, dance, drama, and media. In conjunction, the introduction and concluding chapters analyse the importance of creativity within a young child’s development and the importance of arts as a collective experience, respectively.
Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts is an essential text for early childhood students and teachers. The various authors are advocates of how the arts offer highly relevant and significant forms of knowing, whilst exploring the place of the arts within the life of the young child, within the educational sphere, and within society.