Academic journal article Language Arts

Thinking and Learning through Drawing in Primary Classrooms

Academic journal article Language Arts

Thinking and Learning through Drawing in Primary Classrooms

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Thinking and Learning through Drawing in Primary Classrooms by Gill Hope, SAGE, 2008, 175 pp., ISBN 978-1- 84787- 040- 7

Thinking and Learning through Drawing in Primary Classrooms explores six dimensions of drawing that provide powerful clarification on drawing as a process for learning and thinking: 1) drawing to play; 2) drawing to mean; 3) drawing to feel; 4) drawing to see; 5) drawing to know; and 6) drawing to design. By using the term dimensions to organize these chapters-a word that captures the labyrinthine ways of learning-Hope emphasizes drawing and, by extension, thinking as exploration.

Each chapter is written with the teacher in mind, carefully explaining some of the functions of drawing, providing examples of student work, and addressing salient ideas within each dimension. This last point is particularly important for the classroom teacher who is seeking to better understand the communicative and generative potential of thinking visually. For example, a teacher may provide children with different drawing tools but be unaware of how drawing with one tool over another can enable children to explore affective meaning in their work. A teacher may encourage concept mapping to develop story ideas and relationships but may not think of how socially and intellectually empowering this is for young children to experience. Similarly, a teacher may read picturebooks to her students and encourage them to use both pictures and words to tell their own stories but be unaware of how text and graphic interactions really work or how to talk about them in a way that supports transmediation. Thinking and Learning through Drawing in Primary Classrooms offers short sections within each chapter, all infused with research in an easy-to- read tone, to help extend teachers' thinking about particular dimensions in drawing. …

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