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A Cross-National Comparison of Art Curricula for Kindergarten-Aged Children

Title
A Cross-National Comparison of Art Curricula for Kindergarten-Aged Children
Authors
Kim H.
Ewha Authors
김희진
SCOPUS Author ID
김희진scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
International Journal of Early Childhood
ISSN
0020-7187JCR Link
Citation
vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 195 - 210
Keywords
Art curriculaArt educationDocument analysisEarly childhood educationKindergarten
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
The aim of this research is to make a cross-national comparison of art curricula for kindergarten-aged children across five countries—Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Slovakia and Singapore. A document analysis was conducted on the five curricula using a constant comparative approach for selected qualitative statements to analyse two major constructs: ‘art within the curriculum system’ and the ‘educational value of art’. Only two countries expressly mentioned art education in the overall aims of their curricula document. All five countries included art education as part of an interdisciplinary learning area. The goals of art education were primarily concerned with art expression in the affective domain. The content of art education identified in the curriculum documents was related mainly to expression. Guidance on assessment of art education was lacking in most countries. While the value of art was recognized by all countries, art education did not appear to have enough attention or recognition in the ‘general aims’ of the curricula. Governments should give greater consideration to the value of art education to maximize its many positive effects on children. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
DOI
10.1007/s13158-017-0191-7
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