Learning through the arts has the potential to stimulate open ended activity that encourages discovery, exploration, experimentation and invention, thus contributing to children’s development in all areas of learning and helping to make the curriculum meaningful to them. Bernadette Duffy draws on her extensive experience of promoting young children’s creativity and imagination to examine how visual representations, music, dance, imaginative play and drama can enable children to express their feelings, thoughts and responses. She highlights examples of good practice and provides practical guidance for those working with young children in a variety of settings, including home, school and centre-based care.
Table of contents
Part One What are Creativity and Imagination and Why are they Important?
Chapter 1. The importance of creativity and imagination
Chapter 2. Defining creativity and imagination
Chapter 3. The creative process
Part Two How do Creativity and Imagination Develop?
Chapter 4. Child development, creativity and imagination from birth to six years
Chapter 5. Creativity across the curriculum
Chapter 6. The contribution of the arts to creativity and imagination
Chapter 7. Development in the visual and performing arts
Part Three Theory into practice
Chapter 8. The role of the adult
Chapter 9. The organisation of space, time and social contexts
Chapter 10. Widening children’s experiences
Chapter 11. Planning, implementing, observing, recording and assessing