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Drawings as Imaginative Expressions of Philosophical Ideas in a Grade 2 South African literacy classroom

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This article reports on a philosophy for children (P4C) literacy project in a South African foundation phase classroom that introduces an important new focus in the P4C classroom: the visualisation of philosophical ideas provoked by the picture book The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit (2004) by Chris Wormell, giving voice to young children’s own imaginative ideas and beliefs (in this case about death). This research shows how a particular\ud use of the community of philosophical enquiry pedagogy combined with the making of drawings necessitates a rethinking of what ‘voice’ means. We conclude that the children’s drawings bring something new into existence, thereby offering unique material and discursive opportunities for all children, including those who otherwise might not have expressed their ideas

Topics: Early Literacy, Philosophy for Children, Visual Literacy, Reggio Emilia, Children enquiring about death
Publisher: University of Cape Town
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.4102/rw.v7i2.127.
OAI identifier: oai:open.uct.ac.za:11427/21650
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