Meaning, value and engagement in the arts: Findings from a participatory investigation of young Australian children’s perceptions of the arts

Barrett, Margaret S., Everett, Michele C. and Smigiel, Heather M. (2012) Meaning, value and engagement in the arts: Findings from a participatory investigation of young Australian children’s perceptions of the arts. International Journal of Early Childhood, 44 2: 185-201. doi:10.1007/s13158-012-0059-9


Author Barrett, Margaret S.
Everett, Michele C.
Smigiel, Heather M.
Title Meaning, value and engagement in the arts: Findings from a participatory investigation of young Australian children’s perceptions of the arts
Journal name International Journal of Early Childhood   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7187
1878-4658
Publication date 2012-07-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13158-012-0059-9
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 185
End page 201
Total pages 17
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports findings from a 2-year Australian study that explored children’s perceptions of the meaning and value of the arts, and accounts of their engagement in arts activities in school and youth arts settings. The research also aimed to develop data generation methods sensitive to the ways children communicate and make meaning. The 570 children who participated in the project ranged in age between 5 and 18 years. Different approaches to access children’s perspectives were used with different age groups. This paper focuses on the youngest children in the study (ages 5–8) working in school settings, and the data generated with them through small group interviews and drawing elicitation techniques. Through the findings young children’s accounts of their engagement in the arts in everyday life are heard. The paper also provides opportunity to explore the methodological challenges of undertaking research with young children that seeks to engage them as active participants in the investigative process.
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