Art-Based Kindergarten Practices and Their Coherence with Art Curriculum Objectives

  •  Rasim Basak    
  •  Cagla Erdem    


Kindergarten teachers use art-based activities and practices because they are useful and functional in learning processes and they help learning in other subject areas. While teachers allocate great deal of classroom time for art practices, an art curriculum is not required or enforced at kindergarten level. The objective of this study was to examine kindergarten curriculum, and to clarify at what extent curriculum objectives and learning outcomes met art education learning outcomes specified for elementary level art education state standards. Document content analysis and descriptive survey questionnaire were used to collect information. Content analysis method was also employed to examine classroom applications and practices. Kindergarten curriculum and visual arts curriculum were also compared and analyzed in relation to teacher responses. The study clarified a need for an art integrated approach to kindergarten. Kindergarten activities majorly consist of art-based practices, therefore kindergarten curricula should be designed based on an art-based comprehensive understanding of educational interventions.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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