Understanding young newcomer children’s perspectives through arts- informed approaches

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This paper explores how young newcomer children's personal art-making can be used in data collection to better understand their perspectives and what is personally significant about their everyday lives. This builds on existing work that recognizes young children's art-making as an important source of knowledge (Knowles & Cole, 2012) which can offer a window into how they understand and communicate about their world (Anning & Ring, 2004), echo or reproduce situations from their lives (Vygotsky, 2004) and express their emotions (Matthews, 2003). Sociocultural theory (Vygotsky, 1978), the RAISED Between Cultures ecological model (Georgis et al., 2017) and a conceptual framework of art as a form of communication (Anning & Ring, 2004; Kress, 1997) are used in this doctoral study to inform and contextualize the everyday experiences of young newcomer children. Working within a qualitative constructivist paradigm, an arts-informed case study was used. Data included observations, photographs, video- and audio-recordings of children's art-making, and conversations with the children, caregivers and educators. Ethics approval was obtained through the institution. Children's verbal assent along with written informed consent were given. Data was anonymized and participants could withdraw at any time. Personal art-making supported young newcomer children in sharing their voice and perspectives about their experiences and lives, and positioned them as creative and knowledgeable storytellers and experts. Implications for practice includes a discussion about what materials and prompts were engaging, successes and challenges with this approach, and strategies and suggestions for those that want to use arts-informed methods with young children.
Period20 Aug 201923 Aug 2019
Event titleEECERA 29th Annual Conference: Early Years: Making it Count
Event typeConference
LocationThessaloniki, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational