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Lesson Plans

Colouring In ..again!

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Bob Greaves (
Fri, 26 Apr 1996 15:07:15 GMT-1100

For those of you who picked up my last comment on the subject of
colouring in, there is a very good article by Dr Paul Duncum in the
September 1995 issue of the Australian Journal of Early Childhood.
Volume 20 number 3 pages 33-38.
It is a worry that worksheets and colouring in are offered to young
children as a learning tool and as a replacement for their own art.
It seems that many people are afraid to allow children to develop
naturally and always want to impose adult criteria to their art
Much of the colouring in is commercially driven and provided without
any thought to child development in art. In many ways children are
being exploited for commercial gain. Colouring in is OK for adults
but inappropriate for young children.
Any suggestions about what to do about it ?
Bob Greaves.

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