Celebrating diversity: revaluing children's picture books in art education

Ashton, Linda (2001) Celebrating diversity: revaluing children's picture books in art education. Australian Art Education, 24 (1). pp. 37-47.

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[Extract] From a feminist perspective, one legacy which has consistently accompanied the study of art is that men's names have dominated notions of excellence, with the European modernists crowned as the kings of creativity. Their privileged positioning in the (hi)story of art has never been rivaled by other social, racial or geographical groups. Twenty-first century pre-service teachers and experienced teachers alike are often confronted by library shelves full of art books on DWEMPS (Deceased White Euro Male painters and Sculptors). In the same or adjoining libraries but not valued to the same extent for their rich art education potential are contemporary children's storybooks and picture books. This discussion focuses on the need to promote more inclusive texts and imagery for educational purposes. Picture books are recommended and celebrate sas on catalysts for productive postmodern classroom art pedagogy, rich questioning, higher order thinking, and critical visual literacy for all age-groups.

Item ID: 13091
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1032-1942
Keywords: picture books
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2012 05:25
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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