Educator Beliefs and Identity: Reflecting Upon Our Image of the Early Childhood Educator as Artistic

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 2:00 PM– 7:00 PM

Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat Art Studio, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Presenter: Dr Gai Lindsay, Lecturer, BEd-The Early Years University of Wollongong, Australia

Learning objectives:

  • Define visual arts learning for early childhood contexts
  • Draw upon research findings to examine the beliefs and practice of early childhood educators regarding their visual art pedagogy with preschool children.
  • Pinterest or interest? Thinking about art and craft to plan quality visual arts learning experiences in early childhood settings.
  • Identify and challenge assumptions and myths about early childhood visual arts.
  • Explore provocations from the Reggio Emilia approach and John Dewey’s philosophy to reflect on the role of the educator/adult in child art making
  • Invite reflection, challenge ideas and inspire educators to re-imagine their identity as artistic practitioners.
  • Playing with arts materials to build the educator’s identity as artist, researcher and teacher
  • Practical experiences to build educator’s visual arts confidence and knowledge.

Training participants will receive:

– Educator Beliefs & Identity Handouts 

– Early Arts Certificate of Attendance with 6 hours of of tuition (4 hours training and 2 hours of follow up reading and research).

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