The Arts in Children’s Lives

Context, Culture, and Curriculum

  • Liora Bresler
  • Christine Marmé Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-8
  2. Pages 9-13
  3. Patricia Shehan Campbell
    Pages 57-69
  4. Pages 87-92
  5. Kieran Egan, Michael Ling
    Pages 93-100
  6. Graham F. Welch
    Pages 113-128
  7. Pages 153-156
  8. Peter R. Webster
    Pages 215-236
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 237-250

About this book


Advocates for the arts have contributed significantly to the philosophy and practice of early and elementary education throughout its history. Yet the nature, value, and purpose of arts experiences in the lives of children seem to remain puzzling and problematic to those most directly involved in teaching the young.
Conversations between scholars and teacher educators in the arts and in education occur all too infrequently. Seventeen authors, whose work represents the best of contemporary research and theory on a constellation of issues concerning the role of the arts in children's lives and learning, address critical issues of development, context, and curriculum from perspectives informed by work with children in formal and informal settings. This anthology strives to reinvigorate dialogue on the role and significance of the arts in the education of children drawing on various cultural and institutional context and traditional and contemporary practices from different parts of the world.


Kinder children's drawings early childhood education production

Editors and affiliations

  • Liora Bresler
    • 1
  • Christine Marmé Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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