Arts Learning in Australian Kindergartens: One Case Study Exploring the Scaffoding of Domain Specific Knowledge

By Susanne Garvis.

Published by The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning

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Arts education is an important area of learning for young children. The arts allow children to explore and make meaning of the world around them. It is also a time when children start to develop domain-specific knowledge about the arts. This paper explores the development of domain-specific knowledge about the arts in kindergarten classrooms in Queensland, Australia. It explore the way the teacher embeds domain-specific knowledge about the arts in her kindergarten classroom. Findings suggest the teacher is an important part of learning about domain-specific knowledge. Young children are challenged by the teacher to develop greater clarity and thought about the arts. If the teacher is not there to support and challenge ideas, while children are creative and masters of their own play, their development in the arts is limited.

Keywords: Arts, Early Childhood, Domain Knowledge

The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.15-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 287.365KB).

Dr. Susanne Garvis

Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Susanne Garvis is an early childhood lecturer at Griffith University, Gold Coast. Her current research focus explores arts making in early years contexts for children aged birth to five years.