Arts Education Semester 2, 2012 presents: Colloquium & Book Launch

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012

Time: 5.15 – 6.45pm
Venue: Frank Tate Room, Level 9, 100 Leicester Street, The University of Melbourne


Children, Meaning-Making and the Artssecond edition


This Australian text is about children’s voices – their minds, feelings, souls. It’s about how children’s voices are liberated through the arts, and how children make and communicate meaning through still and moving images, sounds, textures, gestures and the use of many other signs. It also examines how teachers, parents, peers and the community influence children’s early development, and how quality arts education in early childhood is an essential component of lifelong learning. The authors are teachers and researchers who are respected for their contributions to early childhood arts education. All of them have addressed their topics via practical examples, which are embedded in current philosophies and theories, often stemming from original research and firsthand interactions with children.

About the editor

Susan Wright is Chair of Arts Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this appointment, she was Professor and Head of Early Childhood and Special Needs Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Susan’s teaching and research foci are on young children’s learning, with a particular interest in the mediating tools of the arts, children’s meaning-making and voice using artistic symbol systems and arts pedagogy and developmental semiotics.