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The Arts as Language: Invention, Opportunity, and Learning

Merryl Goldberg

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.003.0016
The Arts as Language: Invention, Opportunity, and Learning

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This chapter discusses how uncovering the role of invented spelling in child development highlights the imaginative, persistent, consistent, and creative work of young children. It discusses arts integration, art as language, and the discourse of misconception. It argues that misconceptionist literature often negates the child's thinking process. While most misconceptionists value children's pre-existing knowledge and acknowledge that it is constructed by each individual, the discourse is negative in nature. On the other hand, the discourse of invention respects the child's development and is written in a more positive language. Teachers who consider learners' work as invention acknowledge that children are engaged in creative knowledge building. Viewing the learner as an active creator of knowledge respects not only the learner but also acknowledges the very many different ways students invent.

Keywords: invented spelling; children; language acquisition; arts education; invention

Chapter.  5434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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