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Enhancing children's learning: the art perspective

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This study, which was qualitative in nature, investigated what school children in Ghana had to say about their drawings. Observation and in-depth interviews were used to examine links between art and emotion. Parents' views about art lessons were investigated also. The aim of this article is to transmit what we found out about the value of art for enhancing these children's learning. The data analysis revealed that art facilitated expression of emotion and experience. Theory in the literature suggests that learning is most effective when it links with emotional experience; thus, we put forward an argument for effective learning in the context of art lessons. Art can also be used as a form of therapy or preventive medicine to contribute to children's psychological well-being and subsequently prepare them for learning.

Keywords: Ghana; aesthetics; child art; creativity; education

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/eta.5.2and3.143/1

Affiliations: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and Tamale Polytechnic, Tamale, Ghana.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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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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