The Art of Childhood and Adolescence: The Construction of Meaning

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 177 pages
The Art of Childhood and Adolescence is composed of completely new research on the development of representational thinking from infancy through to adolescence. It makes an important contribution to the theory of children's development and to practitioners' understanding, as well as suggesting new paths of inquiry. The book draws on highly detailed longitudinal studies, conducted over 24 years (20 in London and 4 in Singapore). Line drawings and photographs are used to illustrate important concepts. Matthews, highly respected internationally, also sheds light on current debates, such as the opposition of culturally specific and universal development in children the world over.
 

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Contents

The Genesis of Expressive
1
Perception of Shape
14
Third Generation Structure
27
Shape Is Action Action Is Shape
41
Dynamical Systems in the Art of Young Children
49
Closed Shape
55
Conclusion
61
The Discovery of the Invisible
67
The Deconstruction of Time
97
Different Types of Information
109
Interaction and Provision
117
Imaginary Views
125
Planes Cubes Cones Hemispheres and Spheres
132
Conclusion
140
The Construction of the Viewer
152
Representation and Human Freedom
155

Foreshortened Disks
73
Emergent Writing
79
Linda in Dungarees
91

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