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Learning from images: a source of interdisciplinary knowledge

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Abstract:

Art history process can provide multiple opportunities for primary and secondary school children to experience interdisciplinary learning. Children, like art historians, can express ideas about works of art that go far beyond simple description when they have access to knowledge from multiple fields. In this article I discuss the results of a project conducted in Salvador, Brazil. The aim was to see if Brazilian children, provided with a gateway to exploring a series of Ndop statues from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, were able to experience interdisciplinary learning though the use of art history process combined with computer technology. The results indicate that these children were able to express ideas about the political, historical, cultural and aesthetic signif icance of Ndop statues.

Keywords: African art; art history; interdisciplinarity; learning; technology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/etar.3.1.7_1

Affiliations: University of Arizona, USA.

Publication date: 2007-03-07

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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