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Letting Art Teach Aesthetics, Math and Language (2020)

Moerman, P. (2020). Letting Art Teach Aesthetics, Math and Language. In C. Yackel, E. Torrence, K. Fenyvesi, R. Bosch, & C. S. Kaplan (Eds.), Proceedings of Bridges 2020 : Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture (pp. 313-320). Tessellations Publishing. Bridges Conference Proceedings. http://archive.bridgesmathart.org/2020/bridges2020-313.pdf

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All authors or editors: Moerman, Paul

Parent publication: Proceedings of Bridges 2020 : Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture

Parent publication editors: Yackel, Carolyn; Torrence, Eve; Fenyvesi, Kristóf; Bosch, Robert; Kaplan, Craig S.

Place and date of conference: Helsinki and Espoo (Online), Finland, 1.-5.8.2020

ISBN: 978-1-938664-36-6

eISBN: 978-1-938664-36-6

Journal or series: Bridges Conference Proceedings

ISSN: 1099-6702

eISSN: 1099-6702

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 313-320

Publisher: Tessellations Publishing

Place of Publication: Phoenix

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://archive.bridgesmathart.org/2020/bridges2020-313.pdf

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71230


This papers presents a practical work model as well as an educational theory discussion on the status and potential of art work in teaching and learning math in early childhood education. The central idea is to let the child’s free creative art activity reveal, or “teach”, whatever mathematical thinking was inherent in the creative process. Paying careful attention to art and math adequate language in “meta talks” with children about their art work, is found to be a rich tool in enhancing the young learner’s development of aesthetic, numeric and linguistic literacies in gainful interplay. A field study in preschool teacher education is reviewed, including a mapping of Alan Bishop’s [2] mathematical activities in doing art work, and an interpretation of the work model in line with John Dewey’s [5] and Gert Biesta’s [1] thinking on art as experience and art as education.

Keywords: works of art; art; mathematics; teaching and instruction; aesthetic education; creative activity; creative methods

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Reporting Year: 2020

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