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Readings in Primary Art Education

Readings in Primary Art Education focuses on the challenges of and approaches to teaching art to primary-school students. Drawn from articles originally published in the International Journal of Art and Design, this volume gathers the work of the best scholars in the field and provides a critical framework for developing methods of teaching art to young students. Capturing the key issues and debates that are shaping both curricula and practice, Readings in Primary Art Education is an essential starting point for anyone involved in art education. This collection of essays will be a welcome addition to art and design education and will be of interest to those active in primary art and design education, including practicing teachers and scholars.

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Table of Contents



Introduction: Research in Primary Art Education

Steve Herne, Sue Cox and Robert Watts

Chapter 1 Art in the Primary School: Toward First Principles

Geoffrey Southworth


Chapter 2 Art and the Pre-Adolescent Child—Applying Witkin’s Theory of Subject-Reflexive Action

Frank Dobson and David Jackson


Chapter 3 Marion Richardson

Bruce Holdsworth


Chapter 4An Analysis of the Presentation of Art in the British Primary School Curriculum and its Implications for Teaching

Jenny Hallam, Helen Lee and Mani Das Gupta


Chapter 5 In Search of a Curriculum Model for the Primary Schools

Gillian Figg


Chapter 6 Compatibility; Incompatibility? Froebelian Principles and the Art Curriculum

Margaret Payne


Chapter 7 Breadth and Balance? The Impact of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies on Art in the Primary School

Steve Herne


Chapter 8 Changing Views of Childhood and their Effects on Continuity in the Teaching of Drawing

Sheila Paine


Chapter 9 How Children Use Drawing

Dennis Atkinson


Chapter 10 Teaching Children to Draw in The Infants School

Maureen Cox, Grant Cooke, and Deidre Griffin


Chapter 11 Conversations around Young Children’s Drawing: The Impact of the Beliefs of Significant Others at Home and School

Angela Anning


Chapter 12 Intention and Meaning in Young Children’s Drawing

Sue Cox


Chapter 13 Originalities and Originals, Copies and Reproductions: Reflections on a Primary School Project

Anthony  Dyson


Chapter 14 Art Learning in Developmental Perspective

Norman Freeman


Chapter 15 Teaching Now with the Living: A Dialogue with Teachers Investigating Contemporary Art Practices

Tara Page, Steve Herne, Paul Dash, Helen Charman, Dennis Atkinson, and Jeff Adams


Chapter 16 5x5x5 = Creativity in the Early Years

Mary Fawcett and Penny Hay


Chapter 17 Tuition or Intuition? Making Sketchbooks with a Group of Ten-Year-Old Children

Gillian Robinson


Chapter 18 An Art Enrichment Project for Eight to Ten-Year-Olds in the Ordinary Classroom

Angela Martin


Chapter 19 Electronic Paint: Understanding Children’s Representation through their Interaction with Digital Paint

John Matthews and Peter Seow


Chapter 20 Attitudes to Making Art in the Primary School

Robert Watts


Chapter 21 Room 13: One Artist, 11 years, One School

Anna Harding


Notes on Contributors


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